State Board to interview presidents’ finalists this week

The State Board of Education will be busy this week — but most of the work will happen behind closed doors.

The board will meet in closed executive sessions to interview finalists for the vacant presidents’ jobs at Boise State University and the University of Idaho.

On Wednesday, the board will interview the four Boise State finalists: Susan E. Borrego, chancellor, University of Michigan-Flint; Andrew Marcus, professor of geography, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oregon; Edward Seidel, vice president for economic development and innovation, the University of Illinois System; and Marlene Tromp, provost and executive vice chancellor, University of California, Santa Cruz. A fifth candidate, Darren Dawson, has withdrawn from consideration.

On Thursday, the board will interview the U of I finalists: Christopher Callahan, founding dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University; Diane Z. Chase, executive vice president and provost, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Scott Green, global chief operating officer and financial officer of Hogan Lovells, an international law firm; and Elizabeth Spiller, dean, College of Letters and Science, University of California, Davis. A fifth candidate, Paul Tikalsky, has withdrawn from consideration.

The board hopes to fill both high-profile vacancies in April.

In open session Thursday, the board will consider the U of I’s proposal to build a new on-campus arena for basketball and other events.

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