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Original Story, Feb. 27: In May of 2018, the Idaho State Board of Education announced it wouldn't renew the contract of University of Idaho President Chuck Staben. That announcement kicked off a still-ongoing a hunt for a new president, who will be the University's eighth head (counting interim presidents) since 2000. On Feb. 27 in a press release, the board released its list of five finalists for the position, whittled down from more than 50 applicants.
The three men and two women who made the cut hail from across the county, and one, Hogan Lovells law firm Global Chief Operating and Financial Officer Scott Green, is a U of I alum. The other four candidates include Christopher Callahan, who works in Arizona as both University vice-provost and founding dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University; Diane Chase, executive vice president and provost of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; University of California Davis Dean of the College of Letters and Science Dean Elizabeth Spiller; and Paul Tikalsky, who is currently dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University.
In the coming week, the finalists will stop by U of I's Moscow campus and its Boise outpost. They will also meet students, faculty and staff for what the board called "open forums," after which those interested can give feedback to the IDBE through an online portal.