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National search for new BSU president to start in January

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Posted at 2:49 PM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 17:01:16-05

Idaho State Board of Education President Dr. Linda Clark has announced the search process for selecting the next President of Boise State University.  

The national search will begin in January of next year and end with a final selection by the end of May.  The new President will succeed current BSU President Bob Kustra -- who announced in November that he will retire effective June 30, 2018, following fifteen years in the presidency.

“Boise State University has become the largest university in the state and a driving force in helping to meet the workforce needs of the Treasure Valley and the state.  It will be incumbent upon this search committee to find a leader who is able to sustain and build upon that momentum,” said Dr. Clark.

The State Board will use AGB Search, a national firm that specializes in higher education executive searches, to assist with the process. In addition to support from AGB Search, the State Board will rely on a local search committee to make a recommendation of final candidates, from which the State Board will make its selection. Dr. Clark will chair the search committee and be joined by fellow State Board member Dr. David Hill. 

The search committee membership will be composed of the State Board, university and community representatives and will include:

Linda Clark (Chair), Idaho State Board of Education

David Hill, Idaho State Board of Education

Kevin Satterlee, BSU Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and Special Counsel

Dr. Edward “Mac” Test, BSU Faculty Senate President

Sienna George, President, Associated Students of Boise State University

Royanne Minskoff, Chair, BSU Foundation Board of Directors

Daniel Gold, President, BSU Professional Staff Association

Rob Pangaro, President, BSU Association of Classified Staff Senate

Ed Bodily, President, BSU Alumni Association Board of Directors

Bill Connors, President and CEO, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce

Jay Hawkins, Vice President of Consumer Products Group, Micron

Jim Kissler, CEO, Norco

Naomi Shankel, Director of Operations Integration, Idaho Power

Milford Terrell, Community Representative

Several milestones will mark the five-month search process:

January 17-19, 2017:  AGB search consultants will hold several in-person listening sessions with BSU stakeholder groups to hear input regarding the qualities and characteristics that should be included in the job description and announcement.  Specific times and locations are being finalized and will be announced.

February 5, 2017:  The search will be opened, and candidates will be able to submit materials.  Employment postings developed with input from the listening sessions will be published nationally.

March 12, 2018:  The application process will be closed.  The search committee will review all applicant qualifications and select a candidate group for initial interviews in March.

March-April 2018:  After initial interviews, the candidate pool will be reduced and due diligence completed on the remaining candidates. Campus visits will be scheduled for candidates, followed by a recommendation of finalist candidates for the State Board to consider.

May 2018:  The State Board will interview finalist candidates and make a selection.