Tribune: State Board Begins Process to Find New U of I President


The Idaho State Board of Education voted Tuesday to undergo a process all too familiar to the University of Idaho: find a new president.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the board—in a special meeting—voted unanimously to authorize the appointment of a chairperson of a screening committee, and to direct them to choose a committee of no more than 16 U of I stakeholders. The board also voted to identify an interim president, with a list of candidates expected to be before the board by Friday, April 5.

"We're going to have a vacancy for president at the University of Idaho," said board member Richard Westerberg during Tuesday's meeting, according to the Tribune. "And it's time to start the process to find a replacement, and also to identify an interim president."

When Duane Nellis took the job as the newest president of the University of Idaho in July 2009, he was the fifth president in nearly a decade.

"I wanted to make this my last stop," Nellis told Boise Weekly in July 2011. "But of course, that means support from the people I work for, and I have to feel good about what I'm doing."

But now, Nellis is expected to take the presidency of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech's board of regents is expected to vote on final approval of Nellis' selection within two weeks.