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Eye On Boise

UI President Chuck Staben, wife buy Boise home

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben has purchased a home in the east end of Boise, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports, but the university says there’s no change in his residency or plans for him to spend more time in the state capital. Instead, the move comes because Staben’s wife, Mary Beth, a physician, is joining St. Luke’s in Boise.

Staben and his wife purchased a three-bedroom, one-bath home in east Boise for $283,000 on June 30, writes Daily News reporter Shanon Quinn. Though Mary Beth Staben is listed as the primary owner, a university spokeswoman said the couple bought it together. "As a practicing physician, Mary Beth had an opportunity to continue her career in Boise at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center," said UI spokeswoman Stefany Bales. "Purchasing a residence made sense. Nothing has changed here."

In the spring of 2014, Mary Beth Staben told the Daily News she planned to practice medicine on the Palouse. A university statement said Staben, as UI president, spends about four days a month in Boise, and that won’t change. "Boise is the capital of the state," Bales said. "We have a lot of alumni and stakeholders there." You can read Quinn’s full report here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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