Original Story, March 3: It's been almost a year since the Idaho State Board of Education announced, in May of 2018, that it was pressing the reset button on its search for a replacement for now-retired Boise State University President Bob Kustra. The three finalists chosen in the initial search, it said, weren't the right fit for Boise State—but hopefully a fresh crop of candidates just announced March 3 following a pricey second search will be a different story.
"Five finalists have been picked from a list of over 60 candidates vying to become Boise State University’s seventh president," wrote ISBE in a press release Sunday.
The candidates include three men and two women, all currently working outside of the Gem State. All five applicants vying for Kustra's position—including University of Michigan-Flint Chancellor Susan E. Borrego; Darren Dawson, now dean of Kansas State University's College of Engineering; University of Oregon geography professor and past College of Arts and Sciences Dean Andrew Marcus; Edward Seidel, vice president for Economic Development and Innovation for the three-school University of Illinois System; and University of California-Santa Cruz Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Marlene Tromp—will visit the Boise State campus this week.
Find more information and an online portal to offer your opinions on ISBE's choices here.