The board policy potentially pits Gov. Brad Little’s board appointees against conservative critics of the state’s higher education system — including Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin. A final vote could come in August.
Winston Gee, a 2017 graduate of Boise High, earned all As in four years of college that included evacuations for a fire, mudslide and pandemic.
The tort claim sought damages of more than $10 million, stemming from a short-lived campus coffee shop. The state had 90 days to respond.
“All of our leaders realize that when you’re the leader of an institution, and you’ve asked your team to make sacrifices, it’s probably not the right time to adjust compensation,” State Board President Kurt Liebich said.