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UI presidency candidates schedule visits to campuses

Two are among five finalists for position

From staff and wire reports

The Idaho Board of Education has narrowed its list of finalists for the University of Idaho presidency to five candidates, two of whom will visit Moscow and Coeur d’Alene early next month.

Kansas State University Provost Duane Nellis and Montana State University Provost David Dooley will be the first to make scheduled visits to the main campus and branch locations.

Nellis has been provost and vice president at KSU since June 2004 after serving for seven years as dean of West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

After obtaining his doctorate in geography at Oregon State University in 1980, Nellis accepted an academic appointment at KSU, where he headed the department of geography before taking the job at WVU in 1997.

He will visit UI’s Coeur d’Alene branch campus Monday, before touring the main campus in Moscow and the branch campus in Boise on Tuesday. His tour ends Wednesday at University Place in Idaho Falls.

Dooley was appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at MSU in 2001 after serving as head of the department of chemistry and biochemistry since 1999.

He came to Montana from Amherst College, where he was professor of chemistry.

After receiving his doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, Dooley taught at the University of Massachusetts from 1984 to 1986.

He will visit Coeur d’Alene on Feb. 8, Moscow and Boise the following day, and Idaho Falls on Feb. 10.

The public is invited to attend meetings with the candidates at any of the campus locations.

Information is available at the university’s Web site,

Other finalists are:

•Don Burnett, dean of the University of Idaho’s Law School.

•Larry Penley, former president of Colorado State University.

•Ham Shirvani, president of California State University, Stanislaus.

The university announced Thursday that its enrollment statewide was 11,192 students, an increase over the previous spring semester.

The search for a new leader began last year after Tim White resigned to take a job at the University of California, Riverside. The board picked Dean Steven Daley-Laursen to serve as temporary president.

A new president is expected to be named by the end of the academic year.

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