State ed board names University of Idaho's newest president

November 18, 2013 

Chuck Staben, provost of the University of South Dakota, will become the University of Idaho's newest president.


Chuck Staben, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of South Dakota, will now helm Idaho's land-grant university.

The Idaho State Board of Education announced Staben's hire Monday morning. He was one of five finalists for the job who toured the state this fall.

Staben will officially start his new role on March 1, 2014. Don Burnett, formerly the head of U of I's College of Law, will continue to serve as the university's interim president until then.

“I really want to focus on communication and developing a shared vision for the university," Staben said in a Monday press release from U of I. "It’s going to take some time to create an effective vision, but it will be fun to see what direction we want to take together."

Staben has a background in biochemistry, according to earlier announcements from U of I. His recent work at USD included revising that university's budgeting approach and doubling extramural research awards.

Previous U of I president Duane Nellis left earlier this year to head Texas Tech University.

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