Arthur C. Vailas - Idaho State University's 12th President
Idaho State University's 12th President, Dr. Arthur C. Vailas, is an accomplished academic administrator and biomedical researcher. Since stepping into his current role in 2006, Vailas has placed ISU on a trajectory for financial stability and growth.
Annually, the University serves a student population of nearly 18,600 students representing 48 states and 59 countries. The University has campuses in four locations: Pocatello, Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls. ISU offers more than 250 academic programs -more than any other institution in the state. ISU hosts 15 men's and women's NCAA athletic teams and has more than 160 student clubs and organizations.
ISU has seen enrollment growth in strategic areas, including the Early College program, which enables high school students to take university courses at a reduced cost. The program has seen steady growth over the last five years. During the 2013-14 academic year, more than 2,100 students took part in the program.
To assist students with both educational and career opportunities, President Vailas created the Career Path Internship program in 2013, which allows students to gain paid work experience in their future career fields. The growing program, which now serves more than 750 students annually, has a 91 percent retention rate. The University operates the Veteran Student Service Center and has been recognized as a military-friendly school consistently since 2008.
Under his leadership, ISU earned the Carnegie Foundation's classification as a research high university - a distinction held by less than 100 institutions in the United States. ISU receives more than $25 million annually in research funding. The University has multiple research centers across Idaho, including the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), the Family Medicine Clinical Research Center, Idaho Accelerator Center (IAC), Institute of Rural Health (IRH), and the Research in Innovation and Science Institute (RISE) Complex.
In recent years ISU's campuses have seen incredible growth, including the construction of the state-of-the-art Meridian Health Science Center, the Student Recreation Center expansion on the Pocatello campus, the purchase of the RISE Complex, and the current construction of the Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories. Athletic facility upgrades have included Reed Gym, Miller Ranch Stadium and the ICCU Practice Field.
President Vailas has established a solid financial plan for the University, ensuring long-term sustainability. ISU has substantially increased its financial reserves, while still investing in current and future needs, including a nearly $7 million reinvestment initiative in 2014 to support academic programs, deferred maintenance and infrastructure needs. Recent years have also included record low tuition and fee increases.