University of Idaho President Chuck Staben is one of five finalists for the top post at the University of New Mexico.
Staben has been the U of I’s president since 2014.
“(Staben’s) decision to apply for the position is very personal and not due to any shortcomings at the University of Idaho,” according to a Friday memo to faculty and staff, obtained by the Lewiston Tribune. “President Staben is invested in UI’s success and will continue to serve here until such time as he may choose to accept another position.”
The University of New Mexico is a considerably larger school. Its enrollment of 26,000 is more that double the U of I’s enrollment. But it’s not necessarily a step up in pay. Staben makes $385,230 at the U of I, the Tribune reported; former University of New Mexico President Bob Frank made $362,136.
The university announced the field of finalists Friday — and a schedule for campus visits. Staben is scheduled to meet with students and staff on Oct. 17.
For more details on the vacancy, and the finalists, here’s a link to a story from the Santa Fe New Mexican.