Eye On Boise

MONDAY, JULY 9, 2007, 3:58 P.M.

And the new trustees are – still unknown

The state Board of Education had a special meeting scheduled this morning to name the five trustees who will serve as the founding board of the new Western Idaho College, the newly approved community college to serve the Boise area, Ada and Canyon counties. But the meeting ended up not happening. At least 114 people applied for the five positions, and a board subcommittee had whittled that down to five nominees it planned to propose to the full board this morning. But at the last minute, one of the nominees declined. “So it’s my understanding that the committee wants to reconvene and then come back to us with a new slate, or a completed slate later in the week,” said Sue Thilo, state board member from Coeur d’Alene. “The committee had a lot of legwork to do, a lot of going through letters and resumes and phone calls and that sort of thing.”

She said, “We’re kind of waiting for the committee to regroup and come back. We do need to move ahead on this – it’s a historic thing to start a new college, and we want to make sure we do the right thing.”

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