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Item: Board names five candidates for UI job: Former UI College of Law Dean Don Burnett has been serving as interim president/Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune
More Info: The candidates include James Applegate, a consultant for higher education and philanthropy; Donald Birx, chancellor and professor at Penn State Erie; Laurie Stenberg-Nichols, provost and vice president for academic affairs at South Dakota State University; Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources and administrative head for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science at the University of Florida; and Chuck Staben, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of South Dakota.
Question: What would you like to see in a new University of Idaho president?
Stability at the top has emerged as a key ingredient as the State Board of Education begins its search for the next leader of the University of Idaho. When Duane Nellis departs this summer, the university will be on its sixth president - four interim and two who stayed four years each - since the resignation of Robert Hoover in 2003. "We need to find someone who is going to be there," Ken Edmunds, immediate past board president, told the Idaho Statesman. "It is highly detrimental to keep having this turnover"/Bill Roberts, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Why can't the University of Idaho keeps its presidents?
The Statesman editorial board is in the midst of interviewing more than 70 candidates for federal, state and local office. Our paper plans to endorse in more than 40 elections. One exception will be the presidential race. This isn’t an unprecedented decision — our paper didn’t endorse in the 2012 GOP presidential caucus, nor the 2008 Democratic caucus and GOP primary, despite Idaho appearances from candidates of both party. And really, it comes down to a simple difference between the president’s race and the other races. When it comes to candidates for everything from Congress to Ada County Highway District, our editorial board has the chance to interview the candidates in depth. Just as important, we have had a chance to watch the candidates up close, in elected service or in the community/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Should newspapers endorse in the presidential race?
Jeff Foxworthy is known for his "you might be a redneck" comedy routines. So we wonder how he'll work into his stand-up material his quip today comparing Mitt Romney's hunting prowess with that of former vice president Dick Cheney. Romney campaigned today with the comedian and TV quiz show host in Alabama before the primary there and in Mississippi tomorrow. The former Massachusetts governor got some laughs when he said he hoped Foxworthy "can actually show me which end of the rifle to point"/Catalina Camia, USA Today. More here. (AP photo: Comedian Jeff Foxworthy introduces Mitt Romney at a campaign stop at the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mobile, Ala., earlier today)
Question: Which Jeff Foxworthy joke is your favorite?
Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d'Alene, says the main reason he won't seek a fourth term in the Senate is that he wants to stop spending so much time away from his wife, kids and grandkids. “I'm missing my grandkids' plays and baseball games,” he said. “Five years from now, nobody's going to remember what I did here, but my grandkids will remember that I was there.” Hammond said he plans to apply for the upcoming opening for president at North Idaho College, as well as looking at other options that will keep him closer to home and family. “I have not applied, but I intend to,” he said/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. (Courtesy photo of current NIC president Priscilla Bell)
- DFO: I was a Hammond fan until he signed on w/Nonini & Goedde to ride the U.S.S. Luna education reforms. Also concerned that he might share anti-Education Corridor sentiment as other Post Falls area legislator, Nonini & Henderson. Seems as though he's been putting partisan politics ahead of education for awhile.
Question: Would Jim Hammond be a good North Idaho College president?
Columnist Gail Collins links the historic collapse of the Boston Red Sox with the withering of challengers to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination, most recently Texas Gov. Rick Perry. In a column titled, "The Curse of the Mitt," Gail Collins writes, "Maybe Mitt made a pact with the Baseball Gods and traded the pennant for his nomination." Collins suggests that Romney's Faustian bargain could explain his remaining above the fray while opponents like Perry, Michele Bachman and Newt Gingrich self-destruct. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the latest potential rival to Romney's front-runner status and is apparently revisiting his Shermanesque statement that he will not enter the race. Could Otter step in if Christie disintegrates? "The Republicans are running out of governors to put up against Romney. This week the cry has been for Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey to get into the race, although I am personally rooting for Gov. Butch Otter of Idaho because of his strong record of fiscal conservatism and the fact that I really enjoy writing 'Butch Otter' over and over and over"/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Can you picture Butch Otter at the head of our nuclear arsenal?