Five finalists were being interviewed Tuesday for an opening on the Idaho State Board of Education, including Tommy Ahlquist, chief operating officer of Gardner Co.
Ahlquist is an emergency room physician, Idaho State University Foundation board member and founder of a Boise-based defibrillator company. He is the head of Gardner Co.s Idaho operations, which include the newly built, 18-story Eighth & Main building in Downtown Boise, and the City Center Plaza project, for which ground was broken Tuesday.
The five being interviewed were finalists for the board seat being vacated this month by longtime board member Milford Terrell of Boise.
Gov. Butch Otter, who appoints the board, already had interviewed four finalists for an earlier board opening, created when then-board member Ken Edmunds became Otters new state Department of Labor director. Otter confirmed that one of those four is former state Rep. Wendy Jaquet, a Ketchum Democrat. He declined to name the other finalists for either of the two positions.