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Idaho Board of Ed Presses Reset Button on Search for Kustra’s Replacement 

By May 17, 2018No Comments

The Idaho State Board of Education is passing on three finalists for Boise State University president, instead opting to continue its search, the board announced Thursday.

“This does not reflect on the finalists—all are very qualified and accomplished,” wrote Linda Clark, president of the ISBE, in a May 17 press release.

The board’s announcement was part of an open board meeting conducted at the Boise State campus a day after its members interviewed three finalists.

In April, the university named five finalists for outgoing Boise State President Bob Kustra’s replacement: Dr. James Lentini, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oakland University; Dr. Kevin Reynolds, Vice President for Finance and Administration at Portland State; Dr. Jack Thomas, President of Western Illinois University; Dr. Robbyn Wacker, Senior Campaign Advisor for Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Northern Colorado; and Dr. Daniel Weeks, President and Vice Chancellor at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Thomas and Wacker later withdrew themselves from consideration, leaving Lentini, Reynolds and Weeks to contend for the top spot, being vacated by outgoing President Bob Kustra in June.

As ISBE’s search continues, the board said it would appoint an interim president for the university.


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