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Arthur and Laura Vailas at home with their dogs



I have always believed universities exist to support learning, and to educate the next generation, but, especially in today’s world, it’s about much more as well. The goal of higher education is to teach students, but also to build communities, and to support economic development.

At Idaho State University, our faculty use real-life experiences and top-level research to both educate our students and help our community. In Meridian, Dr. Kirk Hevener is using a National Institutes of Health grant to study C. difficile, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can be deadly- in 2011, it affected nearly 500,000 Americans. His work could mean better drugs for combatting the bacteria in the future, and in the meantime, his knowledge is helping pharmacy students learn the latest in their field.

In Pocatello, business students recently completed a project with Pocatello Regional Transit to better market their services to customers and the community. ISU’s TriO program is using a new five-year, $1.2 million grant to help 1,000 more people across south-central Idaho receive assistance when beginning their journey to higher education. Our university is not simply educating students— we are helping build communities and drive economic development in the state and beyond.  

Our students and faculty are leading the way in research and education through the relationships we continue to grow with our communities, businesses, government agencies, and our network of friends and alumni. Thank you for all you do, and for helping us continue to succeed.

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


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