CSUS President Hamid Shirvani has been reported to be one of five finalists for the position of President at the University of Idaho.
Around 12,000 students attend the university located in Moscow, Idaho. The University of Idaho has had five presidents, both temporary and permanent, in the last 5 years.
There have been five finalists named: Don Burnett, Dean of the University of Idaho Law School; Larry Penley, former President of Colorado State University, California State University Hamid Shirvani, Kansas State University Provost Dr. Duane, and Montana State University Provost Dr. David Dooley.
Kansas State University Provost, Dr. Duane and Montana State University Provost, Dr. David Dooley were scheduled to visit the Idaho campus.
The Idaho State Board of Education, which is also the Board of Regents for the University of Idaho (UI), appointed 14 (fourteen) members of faculty, administration, alumni, community and legislative representatives along with Regents Agidius and Thilo as a 16 (sixteen) member UI presidential search committee in June 2008. The committee met several times over the past six months reviewing candidate resumes and offering feedback to the Regents on a job description for the position. The committee recommended to the Regents that Dr. Dooley and Dr. Nellis visit the campus personally, but gave no preferential ranking to any of the finalist candidates.
Though Dr. Shirvani has not been scheduled to visit the Moscow campus, CSU Stanislaus spokeswoman Kristin Olsen has reported that Shirvani was heavily recruited for the position.
It has been reported that due to educational budget cuts, the University of Idaho really needs work on funding aspects including using businesses, creating private partnerships, and being creative in finding other ways to bring in money.
Since Shirvani came to Turlock’s CSU Stanislaus campus in July of 2005, Dr. Shirvani has accomplished a great deal in the area desired by the Idaho University.
Previous to holding the position of CSU Stanislaus President, he served as Provost and Executive Vice President at Chapman University; Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research at Queens College of the City University of New York; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell; and Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado at Denver. In addition, he has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Syracuse and the Pennsylvania State University.
He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University, an M.L.A. from Harvard University, and a M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
No plans to replace Shirvani have been released from the Stanislaus university, although the Idaho university has announced that they expect to hire a new president by the end of the academic school year.