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State Won't Renew Contract of University of Idaho President Chuck Staben


- Dr. Chuck Staben will leave his post at the end of the 2018-19 school year. -  - UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
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  • Dr. Chuck Staben will leave his post at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
When Boise Weekly sat down with University of Idaho President Chuck Staben in February 2016, we asked how long he might stay at the Moscow campus, given that he was fourth U of I president since 2000, seventh including interim presidents.

"It's my intent to stay here 10 to 12 years," Staben told BW. "We're crafting a long-term plan. ... I'm having a great time, and I'll do this as well and as long as I can."

Apparently, Staben's plan wasn't as long as he had hoped.

The Idaho State Board of Education announced today that Staben's contract would not be renewed and that he would leave the campus following the 2018-2019 school year. ISBE officials insisted that Staben's departure was not tied to the recent tumult at the university that led to Athletic Director Rob Spear being placed on administrative leave and the hiring of two independent investigators tasked with looking into how the athletic department handles sexual assault complaints.

"A review of past response to sexual assault allegations within the athletics department is ongoing and unrelated to this decision," read an official statement from the university. "A final report from the external reviewers is expected soon."

The state board said it had yet to determine a timeline for a search for Staben's replacement. The board is already conducting a separate search for a replacement for Dr. Bob Kustra, who retires as President of Boise State University in June.