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University of Idaho

The Idaho State Board of Education requests nominations and applications for the position of President of the University of Idaho (UI). In leading Idaho's land-grant research institution, the President must be a dynamic leader with the ability to chart a powerful and compelling vision for the future that will leverage the University's strengths in research, teaching, and outreach to develop solutions for the complex problems facing society.

Reporting to the Idaho State Board of Education, the President serves as the University's chief executive officer and is charged with setting the University's vision and ensuring the effective deployment of its assets to realize this vision. In the role of President, this individual will leverage UI's critical and unique role as the state's land-grant institution in its pursuit of scholarly excellence while also partnering with internal and external constituencies to ensure the University's research and economic development initiatives and extension activities aid the growth of Idaho's economy.

UI's next President will continue the University's tradition of academic excellence while embracing its commitment to improving the lives of Idaho's citizens and the world beyond. In guiding the University's academic, research, and outreach efforts, the President will serve as a visionary champion for the University's mission to shape the future through innovative thinking, community engagement, and transformative education. They will be accessible to the students of the University and recognizes the centrality of students to its mission. They will inspire the faculty and show appreciation for the efforts of staff. In serving as one of the leading spokespersons for higher education in the state, the President will be an influential leader who possesses excellent judgment and diplomacy, personal and professional integrity, and a reputation for working collegially and collaboratively with internal and external constituencies.

Excellent communication skills are of paramount importance, as the President will serve as the chief representative and promoter of the University to a wide variety of internal and external constituencies. Proven management experience, requisite expertise in working collaboratively with diverse groups in complex, multi-level organizations, strong interpersonal skills are essential. A track record of innovation; commitment to supporting teaching, research and creative scholarship of the highest quality and the academic freedom on which they depend; and an understanding of higher education structure and culture also are essential. In order to conceive and enact an innovative vision for the University's future, it is expected that the new President will make a long-term commitment to UI.

Although a terminal degree and exceptional academic administrative experience are preferred, the Idaho State Board of Education also welcomes and encourages candidates who have achieved noteworthy success in their respective fields outside of higher education to apply. These candidates must have demonstrated experience and a track-record of success working in a complex, decentralized organizational structure where success is achieved in partnership and collaboration rather than solely by direct authority.

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