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C. Scott Green, 19th president of the University of Idaho

C. Scott Green faced a career crossroads this year, writes Idaho EdNews reporter Kevin Richert. Should he stay in New York City as an executive with an international law firm, or return to his home state and his alma mater as University of Idaho president?

A friend in the legal profession broke it down for Green in stark terms. He could stay put and help law partners get richer, or he could change the lives of tens of thousands of college students. The closing argument made, Green decided on the U of I job.

C. Scott Green represents part of a new wave on Idaho campuses, Richert reports. The state’s four college and university presidents all have been hired since the spring of 2018. Green sees a potential for collaboration, without some of the unnecessary “drama” of recent years. “I hope it’s a new day. I think everybody’s waiting for that new day.”

Green, 57, is moving across the country and taking a pay cut, even though the U of I will pay him $420,000 per year, Richert reports. He says he has no career backup plan, and the U of I faces myriad challenges: Staff morale, a recent enrollment drop, an athletic department in disarray.

So why do it?

“I don’t like what’s happened over the last 10 years, and I think I can help,” Green said in a recent interview. You can read Richert's full article here at idahoednews.org.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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