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Dr. Bob Kustra Announces Retirement as Boise State President

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Dr. Bob Kustra announced early Wednesday that he would retire as president of Boise State University June 30, 2018, after 15 years of leading the largest public university in Idaho. In a letter to faculty, staff and state education, Kustra wrote that his wife Kathy was a "full partner in this venture," and thanked the community "for its warmth and support."

"Needless to say, Kathy and I will be Broncos for life," he wrote.

Kustra, 74, served in both houses of the Illinois General Assembly in the 1980s and served as Illinois Lieutenant Governor through most of the 1990s before launching a career in academia. He was a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois at Springfield, and Loyola and Northwestern universities. He served as president of Eastern Kentucky University and became the president of Boise State University in 2003.

Among the highlights of Kustra's thus-far 14 years at Boise State:

  • Securing more than $50 million in research grants and contracts in 2017, more than twice as much as the year Kustra joined the university.
  • $450 million in campus construction, including academic facilities such as the Environmental Research Building, the Micron Business and Economics Building and the Norco Building.
  • The construction of new football, basketball and softball facilities, and the Stueckle Sky Center.
  • Setting a university record for the number of graduates each academic year for nine straight years.

"Boise State has become the metropolitan research university of distinction we envisioned," wrote Kustra Wednesday. "This is a journey, not a destination, with many more exciting opportunities and challenges for Boise State."


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