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Finalist list for University of Idaho president trimmed to four. They’ll interview this week.

The University of Idaho’s Administration Building in Moscow.
The University of Idaho’s Administration Building in Moscow. Statesman file

UPDATE (March 11): Four finalists for the University of Idaho president position will interview with the State Board of Education on Thursday, the board announced Monday. Paul Tikalsky of Oklahoma State University withdrew from consideration, according to the State Board press release. The board intends to name a new president by April.

The remaining finalists are: Scott Green, global chief operating and financial officer of international law firm Hogan Lovells; Christopher Callahan, founding dean at Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and ASU’s vice provost; Elizabeth Spiller, dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of California at Davis; and Diane C. Chase, executive vice president and provost at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

[Related: Boise State finalists to interview Wednesday]

The Idaho State Board of Education announced Wednesday the five finalists for the presidential search at the University of Idaho.

Of the five candidates, just one, Scott Green, has affiliation with the university, according to a press release from the State Board. Green graduated from U of I and is currently the global chief operating and financial officer of an international law firm, Hogan Lovells.

The four other finalists are:

  • Christopher Callahan, the founding dean at Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and ASU’s vice provost. Additionally, he is the CEO of the Arizona Public Broadcasting System.
  • Diane C. Chase, the executive vice president and provost at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
  • Elizabeth Spiller, the dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of California at Davis.
  • Paul Tikalsky, the dean at the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University.

More than 50 candidates applied for the position, according to the release. The position came open when it was announced last May that U of I President Chuck Staben’s contract would not be renewed.

Fourteen different athletic boosters wrote a letter to the State Board of Education asking for his removal from office, per previous Statesman reporting.

“We have lost all trust, faith and confidence in President Chuck Staben’s ability to lead the University of ldaho,” the letter read. “His lack of leadership, mismanagement and poor policy decisions have damaged the relationship between the administration of the University of ldaho and its faculty, students, alumni, and the good citizens of the state of ldaho.”

Finalists are in the process of coordinating trips to the campus and the U of I Boise Center next week. There will be public forums and an online portal for interested parties to offer feedback on the candidates.

Michael Katz covers breaking news at the Idaho Statesman. He attended the University of Southern California and grew up in Pasadena, California.

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