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President’s Letter to Friends of Boise State

December 17, 2012

December 17, 2012

Dear Friends,

Making the shift from election campaigning to the gritty work of governing can be a daunting challenge for newly elected or re-elected office holders, especially in these austere times. The promises of election season seldom dovetail neatly with the reality of policymaking, whether the victors now occupy a city council seat, a place in the Legislature or Congress, or the White House. Soon, they will turn to experts to help clarify policies that could potentially impact millions of people.

In Idaho, many of those experts are Broncos. And as our newly created Ph.D. in public policy and administration builds momentum, Boise State will unquestionably become the region’s preeminent resource for citizens and officials seeking clarity about politics, policy and their intersection.

This new degree builds on the most well-respected public policy and administration master’s degree program in the region. Its graduates, as well as its faculty, are already immersed in the details of the central issues of our time. They are advocates, lobbyists and analysts, and they work in government agencies and for nonprofits across the West.

The new program’s focus in areas of environmental policy and state and local government is designed to serve the practical needs of Idaho and the region, and meet the demand for policy knowledge and expertise in discussions of science and technology. Its graduates and faculty will have a unique ability to impact local and state government – the levels of government most immediate to the daily lives of Idahoans.

Beyond our new doctorate – Boise State’s eighth Ph.D. – the appointments of David Adler as director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State and Eric Lindquist to lead our Public Policy Center add considerable academic heft and prestige to our role as the preeminent resource for illuminating the inner-workings of our politics and government. They join a broad slate of faculty experts in energy and natural resource policy and politics whose names are already familiar as trusted sources of information on issues for the community.

This new program is just the latest example of Boise State’s focus on helping to build the community we share. Our university’s relationship with local and state government is central to our mission and identity as a public institution. It accelerates Boise State’s influence as part not only of the region’s political and governmental center, but also as a driver of its cultural, medical, intellectual and commercial sense of being as well. It is an important role for us to play.

As usual, thank you for all that you do for Boise State. Go Broncos!


Bob Kustra

Here are a few recent and upcoming events at Boise State University:

The Boise State football team (10-2 and No. 19 in BCS Standings) will return to the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas for the third straight season, and for the second straight year will face an opponent from the Pac-12 Conference in the University of Washington (7-5) on Dec. 22 (Saturday). Kickoff for this year’s game at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas is 12:30 p.m. (PT). The game will be televised by ESPN. Boise State is one of just 10 teams nationally to play in 10-or-more consecutive bowl games. This will mark the 11th straight season the Broncos have played in a postseason bowl game, and the 12th time in the past 13 years. Boise State has a three-game winning streak in postseason bowl games, and a record of 8-4 in bowl games as a Football Bowl Subdivision member.

Boise State will present a Silver Medallion to alumnus Kirk Smith at the 2012 Winter Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in Taco Bell Arena. The Silver Medallion is Boise State’s highest recognition of service to the university. Smith is a 1978 accountancy graduate of Boise State and founder of SSI Foods, comprising 16 Wendy’s restaurant franchises. He quickly expanded his operations into agribusiness and food processing. In 1998, Smith started S&S Foods of Los Angeles, a joint venture partnership with J. R. Simplot Company. In 2003 he merged his two companies with partners from Texas to form CTI Foods. Smith was president and CEO of this company until his recent retirement; he remains a member of the board of directors. In 2010, Smith received the Boise State Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award for his industry leadership. He is a past member of the College of Business and Economics Advisory Committee, has served as the community representative on two College of Business and Economics (COBE) dean search committees, served on the Boise State Foundation board and served as a member of the Destination Distinction Campaign steering committee.

For the first time in school history, Boise State has a student population of more than 20,000, continuing long-term growth trends in out of state, international and underrepresented students. Enrollment is 22,678 for the 2012 fall semester. A snapshot of Boise State’s overall enrollment indicates that 19 percent are from out of state, coming mostly from California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Colorado; 14.9 percent are from underrepresented populations (up from 14.2 percent); and 2.7 percent are international students (up from 2.2 percent), largely representing Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Canada, China, India and Nepal. For the first time, two cities outside of Idaho – Spokane and Las Vegas – were listed among the top 25 hometowns of enrolled students.

Chris J. Anton has been appointed chief operating officer of the Boise State University Foundation, a nonprofit organization that inspires, generates and prudently manages private support for Boise State. In his new position, Anton is responsible for leading the foundation’s operations. He reports directly to the board of directors, while consulting regularly with university leadership to ensure coordinated and complementary advancement efforts on behalf of the university. In his role, and in conjunction with the board of directors, he provides vision, identifies objectives and leads the foundation in a manner consistent with its purpose, mission and goals. Most recently, Anton served as senior investment advisor for ClearRock Capital, which provides wealth management solutions for nonprofit organizations, individuals, families, trusts, estates and retirement plans. Before that, Anton served as the College of Idaho’s vice president of finance and administration for seven years.


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