The Wood River Valley recently played host to a unique visit from Boise State University officials in hopes of expanding "collaborations with arts organizations and perhaps join into partnerships that could expand scientific research," according to this morning's Idaho Mountain Express.
Government officials in Hailey said they were anxious for Boise State "to establish a permanent presence in their community, as either a research field office, or distance learning campus."
"We were overwhelmed by the welcome we received and the interest shown to us in Hailey and Ketchum," Randi McDermott, Boise State's chief of staff of the Office of the President told the Mountain Express' Tony Evans. "This was the first time for us to meet with many of these people."
In particular, the delegation—which included Boise State representatives, officials from the State Department of Commerce, state Sen. Michelle Stennett and former state Rep. Wendy Jaquet—toured the Hailey campus of the College of Southern Idaho, the Village at Hailey Center, and a number of businesses on Hailey's Main Street. They also visited the Wood River Community YMCA as a possible site for a "human performance laboratory."
But a Boise State presence in the Wood River Valley would need to clear a good many hurdles. McDermott told the Mountain Express that Boise State officials would have to get authorization from the State Board of Education before opening a campus in the Wood River Valley.
"I don't think we are far enough down the road to know if that is an issue," McDermott told the Mountain Express. "If we get to that point, Idaho State University and the College of Southern Idaho and the State Board of Education would have to be on board."