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Vandals statewide are engaged in recruiting the 19th president of the University of Idaho. This inclusive process is led by the Idaho State Board of Education, and many opportunities are available for involvement.

Partnering with executive search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, and led by the Regents of the University Idaho, the goal is to identify the next president in early 2019.

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Five finalists for the presidency of the University of Idaho have been announced by the Idaho State Board of Education. These finalists were chosen after initial interviews by the Search Screening Committee, led by the Idaho State Board of Education.

Candidates will visit Moscow and Boise March 4-8.

Finalists are:

  • Christopher Callahan: Dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Vice Provost, Arizona State University, as well as Chief Executive Officer, Arizona PBS
  • Diane Chase: Executive Vice President and Provost, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Scott Green: Global Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Hogan Lovells
  • Elizabeth Spiller: Dean, College of Letters and Science, University of California, Davis
  • Paul Tikalsky: Dean, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Oklahoma State University

Each finalist will meet with students, faculty, staff and community leaders. Feedback on each candidate is welcome.

Below is an itinerary of open forums.

  • University community (Moscow open forum) 1:30-2:30 p.m. Pacific time each day, location Bruce M. Pitman Center
    • Wednesday, March 6: Idaho Commons, Clearwater/Whitewater Rooms
  • Moscow community 5-5:30 p.m. Pacific time each day, Moscow City Hall council chambers
  • Boise Center, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Mountain time Tuesday through Friday, with an additional Thursday section from 4:45-5:15 p.m. Mountain time, Room 162 Idaho Water Center

Additional statewide centers will connect with finalists during individual ZOOM sessions Tuesday through Friday.

  • Extension: 9:30-10:15 a.m. Pacific time; 10:30-11:15 a.m. Mountain time; with an additional Thursday session 3-3:45 p.m. Mountain time
  • Southeast Region: 11:30 a.m. to noon Mountain time; with an additional Thursday session 4-4:30 p.m. Mountain time
  • North Region: Noon to 12:30 p.m. Pacific time; with an additional Thursday session 4:30-5 p.m. Pacific time

More details on candidates and targeted meetings will be announced as schedules are finalized.

In 2015, Emsi, an independent and respected economic analysis firm located in Idaho, released a study showing that Idaho's investment in the state's land-grant university helped provide cumulative impact of more than $1 billion in FY 2013-14. EMSI's reports are available for download below.

Quick Reports (PDF)

Comprehensive Reports (PDF)

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