Office of the President

Arthur C. Vailas - Idaho State University's 12th President

Welcome Back

Dear Colleagues and Students:

To those who are joining our community for the first time this semester, welcome!  To those who are already members of the Bengal family, welcome back!  A number of good things have been accomplished in recent months, and I would like to take the time to highlight just a few.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive has a brighter look with new landscaping, thanks to a gift from Jack and Mary Lois Wheatley family. 
  • Dyer Residence Hall has renovated restrooms, and Turner Dining Hall, now “The Commons” had a $1.3M renovation resulting in a more modern look, along with a new gas fired pizza oven.
  • Walking by the Rendezvous Center, you will notice a new peace pole, bearing the phrase, “May peace prevail on earth” in 16 different languages. This student-led project was conceived in 2015, and was created with the assistance of the ISU Diversity Resource Center.
  • The library has installed new bench seating, tables, and charging stations on the first floor of the library.
  • In Idaho Falls, a 10,153 square foot space was renovated to create 20 offices for resident faculty, four new classrooms, two conference areas, distance learning capabilities and five study areas.
  • The College of Business opened The Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, or CEED, this year to support development of new technology and start-up businesses in Southeastern Idaho, and to help create a culture of entrepreneurship among students of all disciplines, university inventors and the business community. 
  • In a very successful year for research and as a testament to our faculty, ISU submitted grant funding applications for more than $97 million, an increase of approximately 7 percent from the previous year, and received more than $36 million in awards from externally funded grants and contracts, an increase of approximately 22 percent over the previous year.
  • College of Science and Engineering faculty attracted $8 million in external research grants last year, providing partial financial support for several hundred undergraduate and graduate students.
  • The Student Success Center expanded enrollment in the Bengal Bridge 2016 summer program by 225 percent (from 35 to 116 students).
  • The Division of Health Sciences will be implementing program expansions in Physical Therapy (Meridian) and Pharmacy (Alaska), and we will be continuing to develop a strong relationship with the Idaho College of Medicine (ICOM). 
  • In the College of Education, the newly accredited Master of Science in Athletic Training and Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs have created a dual degree option for select students. This is a unique program with only two other institutions offering this type of degree nationally.
  • The College of Technology received over $900,000 in new line item funding from the legislature this year to help grow programs in the College that are preparing students for high demand, high paying jobs. Most of these programs have had waiting lists of over a year and will now be able to provide a much needed workforce in Idaho and the nation.
  • The 2016 Graduate Research Symposium accepted 78 submissions, up from 2015.  In addition, a new streamlined graduate admission portal opened this summer, to make the application process more efficient for prospective students.
  • This fall, new first year students will be able to lock in their tuition at fall, 2016 rates as long as they remain in good academic standing and take at least 15 credits each fall and spring.

I am proud of what our Bengal community has accomplished in recent months, and I am looking forward to another year of successes. I am glad you are here. Have a wonderful semester!

Go Bengals!

Arthur C. Vailas, PhD

Governing Documents

ISU Organizational Chart
Showing Vice-Presidents, Deans and other administrators

ISU Mission Statement
ISU's core themes

ISU Strategic Plan
Mapping our future


JFAC Presentation 2016


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