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Statesman: UI Admits Errors, Begins Healing

One change at the Moscow campus has little to do with numbers and more to do with mindset. There is a refreshingly and brutally candid recognition of the university’s recent problems - and the challenges ahead. “I don’t think I, or anybody else, knew the depth and the breadth of the crisis of the University of Idaho. It was a crisis of leadership, no doubt. It was a crisis of vision - not having one. It was a crisis of financial mismanagement, of low integrity and loss of trust with our public, with our faculty on and off campus, the Legislature, the governor, the (state) board. The university was at her knees.” A crisis? Low integrity? A university at her knees? These tough words come not from a Vandal-basher - but from the head Vandal. It’s how Tim White describes the situation he inherited in 2004, when he became the university’s president/Idaho Statesman editorial. More here

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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