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The University of Idaho introduced it’s new President on Monday. Dr. Chuck Staben will take over as President in March 2014.

A 16 member presidential search committee has been working to find a new President since April 2013. Former UI President Dr. Duane Nellis accepted a position as President at Texas Tech in March. Dr. Staben will work closely with Interim President Don Burnett to assure a smooth transition.

“I was privileged to serve on the search committee to vet the candidates for this position. The caliber of the applicants was outstanding, and Dr. Staben rose to the top of that highly qualified field,” said Idaho State Board of Education President Don Soltman.  “The Board is looking forward to working with Chuck to ensure that the University of Idaho continues its long tradition of excellence.”

Dr. Staben is currently the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of South Dakota and has been there since 2008. Originally from Illinois, Dr. Staben received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984. Before his position at the University of South Dakota, Staben was a biology professor and department chair at the University of Kentucky.

“Land grant universities, including the University of Idaho, improve lives and strengthen our society,” said Staben. “Leading this University is a privilege that I value deeply.”

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