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A provost from the University of South Dakota has been tapped to become the University of Idaho's new president.

The Idaho State Board of Education announced Monday that Chuck Staben, provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of South Dakota, was chosen out of the five finalists contending for the job.

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Two of Idaho's largest universities reported enrollment declines this year.

Boise State University saw its total students during the fall semester sag to 22,003 from 22,678 last year, a drop of 3 percent.

Meanwhile, the University of Idaho said its overall enrollment plunged nearly 5.2 percent to 11,844, from 12,493.

Both schools sought to put a positive spin on declining enrollments.

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The University of Idaho wants to build a new house for the next school president.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that school officials presented the plan to the Idaho State Board of Education on Thursday.

The plan by the school's presidential residence study committee recommends that the president's house be rebuilt at the same location as the current residence.

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Malcolm Renfrew died on Oct. 12 at the age of 103. The retired University of Idaho professor will be remembered by friends and colleagues on Oct. 28 at the First Presbyterian Church in Moscow.

To many in Moscow, Renfrew was a renaissance man. He is being remembered as a department chair, a faculty member, a scientist, an artist, and a deeply involved member of the community.

One friend called him the voice for all things positive, while interim UI President Don Burnett called him a fixture in the community.

A former University of Idaho professor who oversaw the DuPont team that developed Teflon in the late 1930s died on his 103rd birthday.

Shorts Funeral Chapel in Moscow says Dr. Malcolm Renfrew died Saturday at his residence at the Moscow Good Samaritan Village.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports Renfrew was born in Spokane, Wash. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from the University of Idaho in the early 1930s and his doctorate at the University of Minnesota before joining DuPont in New Jersey.

Boise residents will have a chance to meet the five finalists being considered for the University of Idaho's top job over the next month. A committee has been looking for a new president since Duane Nellis left to become the president of Texas Tech last March.

Each candidate will be in Idaho for about two days. They’ll spend a full day at the main campus in Moscow. Then each will get on a chartered plane and make a whirlwind tour of U of I extensions in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, and Boise, says Marilyn Whitney with Idaho’s State Board of Education.

The University of Idaho has five finalists for its top job. Four hold administration jobs at public universities and one is listed as a higher education consultant.

The U of I has been searching for a president since Duane Nellis left to take a job at Texas Tech last March. Law school dean Don Burnett has been filling in as interim president at a salary of $240,000 a year. He did not apply for the full time job.

Idaho’s State Board of Education will interview the candidates in October and hopes to announce the new president in November.

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The University of Idaho is getting some unexpected national attention this week. It's not for an academic honor or for a big athletics win, it's for a YouTube video of the U of I marching band. The video is featured in a Rolling Stone list of the top 10 college marching band cover songs. 

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The Idaho Board of Education has approved a plan to allow second-year University of Idaho law students to take classes in Boise.

It's the second time the state board has granted the request from UI — but last year the budget approval for the expansion was voted down in the Legislature.

UI Vice President for Finance and Administration Ron Smith says he's hopeful that this year lawmakers will support the expansion.

Third-year curriculum is already being offered at the UI's law school program in Boise.

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University of Idaho Interim President Don Burnett has been burning the midnight oil since taking over the leadership of the university from Duane Nellis. He’s had a full schedule since his first day on the job on June 1.

Drop Don Burnett a line and with his schedule he’s apt to answer you at almost any time, including at 10 p.m. on a Saturday. His work schedule has been full in his first several weeks on the job traveling inside and outside of Idaho, meeting the university’s constituents.

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The University of Idaho wants to demolish the school president's residence and build a new one to help attract a new leader.

The university will seek approval from the Idaho State Board of Education next month to start planning and design for a new presidential mansion.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports university officials say they want to build a new home costing up to $2 million in the same location by the end of next summer.

The presidential search committee plans on working with the UI Foundation to help fund it.

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The Associated Press reports that scientists in Idaho will fly military-style drone aircraft over the sagebrush, "not in a bid to find terrorists but to locate the best habitat for one of West's smallest mammals, the pygmy rabbit."

Idaho public university students can expect a higher price tag on their tuition bills next fall.

The state Board of Education voted Wednesday to hike tuition at all four public universities — though not all university presidents got exactly what they requested.

Trustees approved a 6.9 percent hike at Boise State University and increases between 4 and 5 percent for the University of Idaho, Idaho State University and Lewis-Clark State College.

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University of Idaho geography professor Von Walden was among a group of scientists who were witness to a historic ice melt in Greenland last July.

What Von Walden and his fellow scientists saw in Greenland last summer—a weather event that resulted in 97 percent of Greenland’s Ice Sheet rising to temperatures above the freezing point—doesn’t happen every day.  “It’s really a remarkable event. The last time that the surface snow melted at this location was 1889.”