Contact

Marilyn Whitney

Chief Communications and
Legislative Officer
Idaho State Board of Education

marilyn.whitney@osbe.idaho.gov
Office: 208-332-1591
Mobile: 208-859-0414

Position Narrative

The Board of Regents for the University of Idaho invites nominations and applications for the President of the University of Idaho. The University is the state's founding comprehensive university and the preeminent research, land-grant institution. The successful candidate will succeed Dr. M. Duane Nellis who has served since 2009.

Established in 1889, the University's student population numbers 12,500 at locations in Moscow, Boise, Coeur d'Alene, and Idaho Falls with statewide programs in all of the state's 44 counties. Over 2,500 faculty and staff support and guide 130 Bachelor's, 88 Master's, and 32 doctoral degree and statewide extension programs. The University of Idaho is committed to enhancing the scientific, economic, social, legal, and cultural assets of the state. The community takes pride in a commitment to teaching, research, agriculture, outreach, extension, and collaboration.

The University community seeks an inspiring, innovative president who has knowledge of national higher education issues. This individual must bring a broad vision for the University's immediate and long-range future, along with a strategic understanding of how to advance the University in conjunction with its mission, vision, and values. The community expects a staunch supporter and advocate, a loyal and stable presence, and a leader with considerable foresight and mettle.

The successful candidate should be committed to working within a system of higher education led by a common Board of Education/Board of Regents and should possess the following attributes:

  • significant senior level administrative and academic experience;
  • deep knowledge of financial management, resource generation, and strategic planning;
  • proactive commitment to student-centered learning, student needs, and intercollegiate athletics;
  • demonstrated experience and success in institutionalizing diversity in policies, procedures, and practices;
  • thorough understanding of the historical and present mission of the land-grant institution;
  • demonstrated involvement and passion for teaching, research, and extension in conjunction with faculty and staff pursuits;
  • ability to work effectively with the State Board of Education/Board of Regents offices;
  • desire to interact with diverse constituencies, including the state legislature, tribal leaders, businesses, foundations, agriculture leaders, and residents from all parts of the state;
  • appreciation for and ability to engage with an important, active alumni base in the state, country, and world;
  • excellent written and spoken skills with ability to inspire and practice open communication; 
  • earned doctorate/terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

The new president must bring leadership characteristics that include being open and receptive to others; organizationally savvy and aware; bold and creative; and responsive and flexible. The candidate must be able to sort out and make complex decisions; recognize the importance of shared governance; manage diverse relationships; and exhibit great commitment to the campus and statewide communities. She or he will collaborate statewide for the well-being of the University and the entire higher education sector.

To assure best consideration, applications should be received by August 15, 2013. The application should include a two to four-page letter of interest specifically addressing the applicant's background in relationship to qualifications described; a current résumé (or curriculum vitae); and the names of at least five professional references with each person's position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

All applications will remain confidential pending the selection of five or more finalists. The names of the five finalists are public in accordance with Idaho public disclosure laws. The Board of Regents will determine the order for finalist visits to the campus and will make the final selection. The new president may assume office on or about January 1, 2014, but no later than July 1, 2014.

The president of the University of Idaho reports to the University of Idaho Board of Regents. The search is being assisted by James H. McCormick, AGB Search, jhm@agbsearch.com, 651-238-5188. Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to idaho@agbsearch.com.

To enrich education through diversity, the University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.