C. Scott Green remembers nearly having to drop out of the University of Idaho his sophomore year due to a lack of money. He also remembers the help he received, often from people he didn’t know, that allowed him to complete his education.
Green received help from his fraternity brothers, and a dean helped him find a job at the student union. But more important was that Green received scholarship money from names he did not recognize, and that allowed him to follow his dream.
In front of a crowded auditorium at the University of Idaho, Green made his first remarks Thursday as the school’s new president.
He will never forget those acts of kindness years ago.
“Giving so that I could learn. It is why to this day I am so committed to student access to higher education,” he said. “I remember how it felt every time I was notified a scholarship was coming. It was like the warmest sun shining on your face on the coldest Moscow day. I may have had holes in my jeans and sneakers, and I had no money in my pockets, but I was happy I had a chance to be somebody.”
Green, 57, was named the 19th president at U of I, announced by the State Board of Education at a special board meeting. His employment will begin July 1, and he will make $420,000 per year. He will succeed Chuck Staben and serve as the school’s fifth president, including those who worked in an interim capacity, since 2009.
Green graduated from Idaho in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is currently the global chief operating and financial officer of an international law firm, Hogan Lovells. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard.
Green and his wife, Gabriella, have two college-age children.
“My history with the University of Idaho is deep. I care about this place, its students, its faculty and staff, and its alumni,” Green said in a press release. “Together, we will work toward its strategic goals, creating a stronger, more competitive institution.”
More than 50 candidates applied for the position, according to the release. The job came open when it was announced last May that Staben’s contract would not be renewed.
Fourteen athletic boosters wrote a letter to the State Board asking for Staben’s removal from office, per previous Statesman reporting, as they were upset with his decision to move the football program back down to FCS and the Big Sky Conference.
The State Board’s press release at the time said that Staben’s contract wouldn’t be renewed by mutual agreement.
At his introductory press conference, Green emphasized that he wants to work with other in-state institutions to better education throughout the state.
“Students, our future alumni, I’m ready to hear from you in order to enhance your educational experience,” Green said. “It’s up to each of us to play this role.
“Together, we can find the best in each of us.”