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Staben wants purpose-driven UI

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben wants the institution to be "purpose-driven," and he's focusing on ways to make that happen in the next 10 years. Staben, who delivered his second state of the university address Monday, said there are purposes and distractions in every organization, and the purposes should sit clearly above the distractions. But, he said, the two have melded together in the past couple years at UI.To overcome that, Staben said he has tasked Provost and Executive Vice President John Wiencek with creating a 10-year strategic plan to outline UI's purpose and establish a common goal the UI community can support. (Barry Kough/Lewiston Tribune photo)

Staben, the school's 18th president, told about 300 people Monday that he intends to see UI through this 10-year plan while at the helm of the university. Recent "high-profile instances" within the athletics department - like anonymous allegations against football coach Paul Petrino that have prompted an internal investigation into the team -- have distracted from the overall purpose of the athletic department, and UI as a whole, Staben said/Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: What needs to turn around at UIdaho, other than the athletic department?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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