University of Idaho Appoints New President


By Paul Johnson

Moscow, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The Idaho state board of Education announced today the appointment of Dr. Chuck Staben as the President of the University of Idaho. Dr. Stabin is the current Provost at the University of South Dakota. The board was unanimous in their decision, according to a news release issued by the University.
“We are very pleased to welcome Chuck and Mary Beth Staben to the University of Idaho and to our great state,” said Board President Don Soltman. “I was privileged to serve on the search committee to vet the candidates for this position. The caliber of the applicants was outstanding, and Dr. Staben rose to the top of that highly qualified field. The Board is looking forward to working with Chuck to ensure that the University of Idaho continues its long tradition of excellence.”

“"Land grant universities, including the University of Idaho, improve lives and strengthen our society,” said Staben. “Leading this University is a privilege that I value deeply.”

Staben will take over from Interim President Don Burnett, who was selected to serve in that role in March 2013 after Dr. Duane Nellis accepted a position as President at Texas Tech. “The Board is extremely grateful to Don Burnett for his leadership during this time of transition,” said Soltman. “Don’s ability to step in and guide the University was invaluable in ensuring that the University continued to function smoothly and efficiently during the search for a new president.”

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