MOSCOW, Idaho.--Dr. Chuck Staben has been appointed the new President of the University of Idaho.
The Idaho State Board of Education voted on Monday to appoint him.
"Land grant universities, including the University of Idaho, improve lives and strengthen our society. Leading this University is a privilege that I value deeply,” said Staben.
Dr. Staben accepted the board’s offer to serve as the new president. He is currently the Provost at the University of South Dakota.
“We are very pleased to welcome Chuck and Mary Beth Staben to the University of Idaho and to our great state,” said Board President Don Soltman.
Staben will take over from Interim President Don Burnett. He was selected to serve in that role in March 2013 after Dr. Duane Nellis accepted a position as President at Texas Tech.
“The Board is extremely grateful to Don Burnett for his leadership during this time of transition,” said Soltman.
The 16-member presidential search committee began work on finding a permanent replacement for Nellis in April 2013. Staben was named one of five finalists for the position in September. He visited University of Idaho campus locations and met with stakeholders around the state in October.
Staben will start on March 1, 2014 with a three year contract at an annual salary of $350,000.