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Third UI president finalist withdraws

BOISE - A third finalist for president of the University of Idaho, Dr. David Dooley, provost and vice president at Montana State University, has withdrawn his name from consideration, leaving just two of the original five finalists in the running.

The two: UI College of Law Dean Don Burnett, and former Colorado State University President Larry Penley.

Dooley said in a statement that he withdrew after “a series of cordial, candid and informative discussions” between him and the state Board of Education led to a mutual agreement “that our distinct visions for the role, scope, and future of the University of Idaho were not the right fit at this time.”

Dr. Duane Nellis, Kansas State University provost and senior vice president, withdrew from the running on March 11. Dooley and Nellis were the two candidates among the five finalists that the state board’s search committee invited to meet with the public in Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, Boise and Idaho Falls in February.

Ham Shirvani, president of California State University-Stanislaus, withdrew from the running in mid-February.

Former UI President Tim White left last spring to become chancellor of the University of California at Riverside. In June of 2008, Steven Daley-Laursen, dean of the UI College of Natural Resources, was named interim president.

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