University Presidents Look to 2015

In year end messages, the presidents of both universities on the Palouse, the University of Idaho and Washington State University, spoke of institutional accomplishments and looked toward the future.

University of Idaho Chuck Staben, in his “The Friday Letter” column on December 19th, spoke of the university’s 125h anniversary, which was celebrated in 2014, and said, “We can build off that positive energy. We will grow our university’s impact: Our students will go on to become leaders, our research will continue to change our world, and our outreach will help our state’s communities improve. We will build on our proven success.”

Chuck-Staben

(Dr. Chuck Staben became 18th president of the University of Idaho in 2014. Photo courtesy UI.)

Staben said there is pride in the university’s achievements over its 125 year history, and optimism about the future.

Eight miles away from Moscow in Pullman, WSU President Elson Floyd called 2014 a “year of initiative and growth” for the university.

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(Elson Floyd has been president of Washington State University since 2007. Photo courtesy WSU.)

In his “Perspectives” column on December 18th, Floyd said  “significant progress” was made on several fronts and that WSU “launched one of the largest initiatives in our university’s history.”

Floyd pointed to the university’s record enrollment, its outreach and extension programs, and its growing branch campuses as examples of the university’s important role in Washington.

The large new initiative is the proposal for a separately accredited public medical school at WSU Spokane. Floyd said, “The need for more primary care physicians throughout the majority of Washington is critical and well documented. As the state’s land-grant research university, we align our resources to make a positive difference where it is most needed, and this initiative clearly falls within that mandate.”

Washington State University celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2015.

Copyright 2014 Idaho Public Radio

Posted December 24, 2014

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