Five finalists named in University of Idaho president’s search

The State Board of Education has named five finalists for the soon-to-be vacant presidency at the University of Idaho.

The finalists, announced Wednesday:

  • Christopher Callahan, founding dean of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Callahan is also university vice provost and chief executive officer of Arizona Public Broadcasting System.
  • Diane Z. Chase, executive vice president and provost of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
  • Scott Green, global chief operating and financial officer of Hogan Lovells, an international law firm with more than 45 offices globally. Green is a fourth-generation Idahoan and a University of Idaho alumnus, according to a State Board news release.
  • Elizabeth Spiller, dean of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Davis.
  • Paul Tikalsky, dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University.

More than 50 people applied for the U of I vacancy. A screening committee interviewed nine semifinalists last week.

The five finalists will come to Idaho next week and visit the Moscow campus and the U of I’s Boise Center. Students, faculty and employees will be able to meet the finalists at a series of open forums, and provide feedback on an online portal.

The State Board is looking for a successor for Chuck Staben, who is stepping down this spring.



Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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