MOSCOW -- The Idaho State Board of Education announced today it has named Dr. Chuck Staben as the new president of the University of Idaho.
Dr. Staben, Provost at the University of South Dakota, accepted the board's offer during its meeting in Moscow today. Their vote was unanimous.
“We are very pleased to welcome Chuck and Mary Beth Staben to the University of Idaho and to our great state,” said Board President Don Soltman. “I was privileged to serve on the search committee to vet the candidates for this position. The caliber of the applicants was outstanding, and Dr. Staben rose to the top of that highly qualified field. The Board is looking forward to working with Chuck to ensure that the University of Idaho continues its long tradition of excellence.”
“"Land grant universities, including the University of Idaho, improve lives and strengthen our society,” said Staben. “Leading this University is a privilege that I value deeply.”
Staben will start on March 1, 2014, with a three-year contract at an annual salary of $350,000.
Staben was named one of five finalists for the position in September. He visited the UI campus locations and met with stakeholders around the state in October.
Other finalists for the job included:
- Donald Brix, Chancellor of Penn State, Erie
- Jack Payne, University of Florida Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Laurie Stenberg-Nichols, South Dakota State University Provost
- James Applegate, higher education and philanthropy consultant
Plans are also moving forward to build a new house for the next school president.
The Idaho State Board of Education is recommending that the current house be demolished and that the school rebuild at the same location. The estimated cost is $1.4 million dollars.
The school has been without a president since earlier this year. That's when former University of Idaho president Duane Nellis left to lead Texas Tech University.