Weber State president a finalist in Idaho State University's presidential search

Thursday , February 08, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Weber State University President Charles Wight is one of five finalists in the running to become Idaho State University’s next president.

According to a Feb. 7 news release from Idaho State University, 72 candidates applied for the presidency. The school expects to make a final decision in March 2018.

“I am pleased to be among these five distinguished individuals,” Wight said.

Wight announced on Jan. 18 he was stepping down from his position at Weber State as he is being considered in other university presidential searches. His last day is June 30.

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ISU began its presidential search in October 2017, according to its website. Its current president, Arthur C. Vailas, will retire on June 17.

The other finalists are Ricardo Azziz of The State University of New York System Administration; Robert Marley of Missouri University of Science and Technology; Kevin Satterlee of Boise State University; and Idaho State Executive Vice President and Provost Laura Woodworth-Ney.

The five candidates will visit the campus in Pocatello between Feb. 18 and March 5, the university said, and open forums will be hosted for students, faculty and community members to participate in the final decision.

During Wight’s tenure at Weber State, he prioritized implementing innovative teaching methods, increasing enrollment and diversity and keeping Weber State affordable.

Wight also helped raise more than $164 million for the university and expanded the scope of the Dream Weber campaign.

Wight told the Standard-Examiner he is not available to talk about specifics on which universities are considering him to become the next president.

“All of my history has been in public institutions and that’s where most of my experience is,” Wight said.

An interim president for Weber State will be named by May 1.

Contact education reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán at smartinezbeltran@standard.net or 801-625-4274. Follow him on Twitter @SergioMarBel and like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/STANDARDEXSergio.

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