State Board nears decision on Boise State presidency

The State Board of Education expects to name a new Boise State University president in two weeks.

The board will meet at 1:30 p.m. on April 23 to choose a new president. The meeting will be based at the sixth floor of the Stueckle Sky Center at Boise State’s Albertsons Stadium and will be conducted via teleconference. (To listen in, call (877) 820-7829 and use the participant code: 9096313.)

After the board finishes its meeting, board member Linda Clark will introduce Boise State’s seventh president to the campus community and the news media. Clark chaired the screening committee for the Boise State president’s search.

More than 60 people applied for the president’s position. The search has been in progress since October — and was abruptly reopened last year, after the board decided to continue its search into a second academic year. Martin Schimpf has served as interim president since July 1.

Four finalists remain in the running: Susan E. Borrego, chancellor, University of Michigan-Flint; Andrew Marcus, professor of geography and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon;  Edward Seidel, vice president for economic development and innovation, University of Illinois System; and Marlene Tromp, provost and executive vice chancellor, University of California, Santa Cruz.

The State Board will also meet Thursday, and is expected to select a new president for the University of Idaho at that time.


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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