If you didn't apply to be one of the first five trustees of the new College of Western Idaho, you were apparently one of the few. The Idaho State Board of Education announced last week that 102 people applied for the positions, which will be appointed to serve until the first round of elections.

The only requirement to be a trustee was that applicants had to be residents of either Ada or Canyon counties, which make up the new tax district established to fund the community college.

Applicants run the gamut from realtors, homeschool teachers and software engineers to professors, business owners and veterinarians. Some of the more well-known names in the pool of candidates include former Idaho lawmaker Dean Sorensen, Caldwell Police Chief Bob Sobba, former Idaho Press-Tribune publisher Jim Barnes, and Idaho State Rep. Branden Durst.

Mark Browning, spokesman for the board, said it is likely board members will select the final trustees by the end of July.

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