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Former University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear alleges in a lawsuit that Chuck Staben, the school’s president from 2014-19, launched a “smear campaign” that ultimately led to Spear’s termination.
The University of Idaho is in the unusual position of owning two presidential residences. One is a $2 million modern, on-campus home where UI President Scott Green lives. The other, a more modest home, is rented to former UI President Chuck Staben.
The Idaho State Board of Education named five finalists for the position of University of Idaho President on Wednesday morning.
For interim athletic director Pete Isakson, the prevailing rationale for his return to the University of Idaho in February of 2017 was pretty simple.
On Thursday, Idaho’s state board of education finally cut loose University of Idaho athletic director Rob Spear after lots and lots of investigation and risk assessment and hand-wringing. And presumably even some empathy for the women both he and the university failed, and for those afraid they’d be failed again.
It has been quite a year at the University of Idaho – roiled by sudden leadership changes and a thorny transition in the football program.
A long-awaited report on the University of Idaho’s handling of sexual assault and harassment complaints five years ago contained no startling new information and offered conclusions that have been debated on the Moscow campus since this spring.
For the second time in a month, the Idaho State Board of Education met in a lengthy executive session on Friday in Boise to discuss the fate of Idaho athletics director Rob Spear.
Rob Spear was placed on a 60-day administrative leave in April by Idaho President Chuck Staben following social media accounts early this year from two former Vandals women athletes. The accounts said that five years earlier Spear did not adequately address their complaints that a former UI football player had harassed them and in one instance inappropriately touched one of the women.
One week after the Idaho State Board of Education and University of Idaho President Chuck Staben announced his contract would not be renewed after the Spring 2019 semester, staff and the few students who could be found on campus Friday were reluctant to share what their feelings are – if any – on the decision.
Uncertainty over the future of University of Idaho’s athletics remains ongoing after the UI announced Thursday it was indefinitely extending the administrative leave of athletics director Rob Spear.
University of Idaho President Chuck Staben will leave his position at the end of next school year. “I am writing today to tell you that the Idaho State Board of Education and I have mutually decided that the 2018-19 academic year will be my last as president of the University of Idaho,” Staben said in a letter to faculty, staff and students issued Friday.
An athletics department budget shortfall of about $1 million the University of Idaho has been able to stave off four years with budget reserves has come to a point where it must be resolved.
In a Wednesday night meeting that lasted more than three hours, the Associated Students of the University of Idaho Wednesday approved a resolution calling for the resignation of athletics director Rob Spear following his acknowledgment that he and others at the UI mishandled sexual assault and harassment complaints by a former Vandals diver and a cross country runner against a former football player in 2013.
One day before an Associated Students of the University of Idaho vote on whether athletics director Rob Spear should be fired, UI president Chuck Staben announced he is placing Spear on a 60-day administrative leave, effective immediately.
Almost two years after University of Idaho President Chuck Staben announced that the Vandals would no longer compete in college football’s top division, and a month after the school won its final Football Bowl Subdivision game, the angry messages haven’t disappeared. Neither has Staben’s conviction that lower-stakes football is the right thing for his school.
Idaho Central Credit Union has purchased naming rights to a proposed University of Idaho basketball arena for $10 million.
University of Idaho President Chuck Staben addressed concerns about his application to another university, his plans to cap new faculty and staff hires and his hefty research goals for the UI at his annual State of the University address Friday afternoon in the Pitman Center.