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Arthur and Laura Vailas at home with their dogs



Dear Bengal Community,

My wife Laura and I want to thank the Idaho State Board of Education and the communities we serve for giving us the opportunity to be part of a transformative era in higher education.

I began as president of ISU in 2006, and it’s time for me and my wife to focus on other goals and spend more time with our family. Earlier today, I shared my plans to retire with the state board, and my last day as president will be June 17, 2018. It was a privilege to work with many wonderful colleagues and friends during our time at Idaho State.

We’ve especially enjoyed our interactions with countless students, which will always be the highlight of our time at ISU. Our University is made up of great faculty and staff who are dedicated to improving the world and successfully preparing students for tomorrow’s opportunities. Laura and I look forward to seeing ISU’s future progress, and we’ll continue to celebrate this institution's many achievements.

Thanks for your continued efforts to make ISU a premier University.


Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.

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