He addressed the university for the first time Monday afternoon in a crowded auditorium. Staben thanked Interim President Don Burnett for his service, and spoke about his plans to increase the university's revenue, student enrollment, and employee salaries.
"I want to emphasize how much I appreciate the loyalty of our faculty and staff, but also that with your help in revenue generation, and in efficient use of resources, we will make strong, and I believe effective efforts to insure improved compensation," said University of Idaho President Chuck Staben.
The Vandal marching band helped welcome the new president. After Staben spoke the band rushed into the auditorium and played a few numbers, including the fight song.
Staben is an Illinois native and before accepting the presidential role at the U of I he was the provost of the University of South Dakota. Steben will begin his presidency with a three-year contract with Idaho's State Board of Education. It includes an annual salary of $350,000.