Idaho Ed board hires firm to lead search for next UI president

The Idaho State Board of Education has hired a firm to lead the search for the next president of the University of Idaho.

The board this week announced it has retained the services of Storbeck, Pimentel & Associates in its efforts to replace current president Chuck Staben when his contract expires next year.  Staben announced in May that he will not be returning to the Moscow campus when his deal concludes. Staben has been at the UofI since 2014.

Storbeck Pimentel, which has its main offices in California and Pennsylvania, specializes in conducting executive searches in the education and nonprofit sectors, and was selected from a list of eight firms that submitted proposals. Board Members Emma Atchley and Don Soltman will serve on a screening committee that will vet candidates, with Atchley serving as committee chair. Makeup of the rest of the screening committee will be decided by Atchley and Soltman in consultation with members of the U of I campus community.

The Board plans to name a new president sometime early next year. (Idaho State Board of Education)