March 31, 2009 in Idaho

KMC’s Soltman named to Idaho Board of Ed

By The Spokesman-Review
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Don Soltman, vice president of Kootenai Medical Center and a former longtime Lakeland School District trustee, was appointed Tuesday to the Idaho State Board of Education by Gov. Butch Otter.
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BOISE - Don Soltman, vice president of Kootenai Medical Center, was appointed to the Idaho State Board of Education on Tuesday by Gov. Butch Otter.

If Soltman’s appointment is confirmed by the state Senate, he’ll replace Sue Thilo of Coeur d’Alene, whose term expired March 1, and serve through 2014.

“I was impressed with the quality of the people who were willing to consider this job,” Otter said in a statement. “It’s tough, and often thankless even in the best of times, and I appreciate the great work that Sue has done.”

He said, “Don’s proven commitment to education and experience at both the local and statewide policy level made him a standout candidate, and a great choice to help the Board of Education fulfill its mission.”

Soltman, 60, is a former longtime school trustee in the Lakeland School District. He also has served on several statewide education task forces. An Air Force veteran, he holds a bachelor’s degree in life sciences from the Air Force Academy and a master’s degree in health care administration from Baylor University in Texas.

The appointment created a small stir in the Idaho House on Tuesday, where House Education Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, had been promoting another candidate, Post Falls high-tech businesswoman Lorna Finman.

“I’m disappointed that Lorna Finman didn’t get the appointment - I think Lorna had a deeper understanding of higher ed,” Nonini said, adding, “I asked her to seek the nomination. … You take that a little personal, but there were a lot of people interested in it.”

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