U I Presidential Candidate, Staben would change dropping enrollment numbers

MOSCOW, ID - The latest University of Idaho presidential candidate to visit Moscow is Doctor Chuck Staben, the current Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of South Dakota.

Staben has experience working for land grant universities. He worked for the University of Kentucky for 19-years.

The U of I recently reported that its enrollment dropped by nearly five-percent this fall, and Staben said if he gets the job, he'll do something to change that.

"I think one of the priorities is to get more students to come to the University of Idaho, and perhaps for the University of Idaho to extend education to those students throughout Idaho who desire that," said Staben.

Staben said as an administrator at the University of South Dakota, he helped increase the size of the first-year class to an all-time high. He also said he'd like to explore new research opportunities for the university.

Staben is the fourth U of I presidential candidate to visit Moscow. The fifth and final candidate will be in town next Tuesday. The State Board of Education is expected to make a decision in November.