Univ. Idaho President Comes From Provost Role in South Dakota

By Glenn Mosley

Monday, the Idaho State Board of Education named Dr. Chuck Staben as the 18th president of the University of Idaho. The last two presidents of the University of Idaho stayed on the job for about four years apiece, a situation that the university’s supporters have found to be both disheartening and troublesome for the university’s future and stability.

Chuck Staben, announced Monday as the new president of the UI, directly addressed the question by saying he intends to stay. He said "It is a real dream come true for me to be president of an institution like this." Staben says he would like to "leave a bit of a legacy", and says "it can take a lot longer than four years to do that, so that’s really my orientation.”

Staben, who has served for the past five years as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of South Dakota, will officially start on the job at the UI on March 1 of next year. His three year contract will pay him $350,000 a year. Staben says he will spend the time between now and March preparing to hit the ground running. He said improving enrollment is a top priority.

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