Trustees of the College of Western Idaho (CWI) Candidate

Skip Smyser


Skip Smyser has been strong supporter of the College of Western Idaho since its creation 2007.  Having served on the original campaign committee in 2007, he has seen CWI become the fastest growing community college in nation.  In 2016 Skip was elected to the CWI board and assumed the role as Board Chairman 2018.

Skip is a fifth generation Idaho resident born and raised in Canyon County.  Since graduating from Gonzaga School of Law in 1977, Skip Smyser has been an active in both the legal community, government, his church and community.  Skip was member of the Idaho House of Representatives and Idaho State Senate, where he served as Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Mr. Smyser is the founder and CEO of Capitol Cellars, a full-service restaurant at 5th and Main downtown Boise. Mr. Smyser has been a public affairs professional and attorney in Idaho for over 40 years. He has experience as a Prosecuting Attorney, Deputy Attorney General and has had his own law practice for 35 years.  Skip and his wife Melinda, have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.