Five high-profile guests will be given tours of the campus of the University of Idaho this month. The four men and one woman are all vying to be named the next president of the U of I, replacing M. Duane Nellis who, when he took the job in 2009, was the university's fifth president in ten years. Nellis left the U of I earlier this year to take over the top job at Texas Tech University.
A presidential search committee has been working since March to find Nellis' replacement and has now honed the candidate list to five: James Applegate, a consultant for higher education and philanthropy; Donald Birx, chancellor and professor at Penn State, Erie; Laurie Stenberg-Nichols, provost and vice president for academic affairs at South Dakota State University; Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources and administrative head for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science at the University of Florida; and Chuck Staben, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of South Dakota.
In addition to visiting the main Moscow campus, the candidates are also expected to have some face time at the U of I campuses in Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls. After the tours, the candidates will return to Moscow for in-person interviews with the state board.