BOISE, Idaho — Nearly 10 months after former Boise State president Bob Kustra announced his retirement, and more than a year after the search began to find his replacement, Idaho education leaders announced the university's next president.

The Idaho State Board of Education met Tuesday afternoon to consider a contract and announced the appointment of Marlene Tromp. She will become Boise State's seventh president. Tromp is currently the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California, Santa Cruz

WATCH HERE: Boise State University's live stream of its announcement of its next president

The board announced five finalists for the position last month. They were picked from a list of more than 60 candidates, which was later narrowed down to 12.

The search for a new president hit a snag in May 2018 when the Board of Education said it was extending the search

Here is a look at the five finalists announced last month:

  • Susan Borrego: Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint
  • Darren Dawson: Dean of the College of Engineering at Kansas State University 
  • Andrew Marcus: Professor of geography and a former dean at the University of Oregon
  • Edward Seidel: Vice president for economic development and innovation for the University of Illinois system
  • Marlene Tromp: Provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California, Santa Cruz