U OF I
Take steps to keepthe next president
Bill Roberts aptly points out in his April 28 article that the last two University of Idaho presidents - Duane Nellis and Tim White - have gone on to lead larger universities (White is now chancellor of the 23 campus Cal State System and Nellis the president of Texas Tech). This is not a surprise. This is what the U of I does - it sends its students, its faculty and sometimes its presidents, out into the world to change communities and professions.
There are proactive steps the State Board can take to attract and keep the next U of I president. First, advocate tirelessly for higher education and help increase state funding. Second, compensate the next president appropriately. Each university has a set of approved peer institutions and the salary should be comparable among these institutions. That may mean paying differently across our state universities, a reflection of their unique missions, outcomes and peers. Third, the board should create retention incentives. This has become a common practice nationwide.
These three steps will help ensure the University of Idaho continues its long legacy of leading as the state's flagship, land-grant research university - a university that benefits all of us every day.
NANCY MCDANIEL, director, University of Idaho Foundation
BSU lags U of I, ISUin academic quality
In the article regarding the University of Idaho's search for a new president, it is interesting that Bill Roberts would mention Bob Kustra's accomplishments at Boise State as: beginning to transform the school into a regional research university, enrolling thousands of new students and building high-profile business, athletic and academic buildings. These are accomplishments?
Both the University of Idaho and Idaho State University are recognized as high level national research universities and have been for quite some time. Boise State may be enrolling thousands more students, but it certainly is not graduating said students. Boise State has the lowest graduation rate in the state. The new buildings may be high profile, but what about the programs being taught in those buildings? Community college-level at best.
The reason Mr. Kustra is still at Boise State is because of his high-profile gaffes. Anyone who does any research into the university options in Idaho knows that for an excellent education, one should attend either the University of Idaho or Idaho State University. If you want a good football team, Boise State is your answer.
STACY JOHNSON, Boise
Majority leaderhas too much power
April 22, "Post Register's Jeers" cited an example wherein Mike Moyle did not oppose a bill which would have allowed Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to investigate violations of public corruption; later, Moyle made certain the funding for the bill failed.
This is one example of Moyle suppressing legislative progress in Idaho. If he doesn't personally benefit from a bill or if the bill is initiated by a legislator he doesn't personally like, he is prone to kill it.
It's disappointing the Statesman does not investigate and report the shenanigans of Moyle. He has numerous enemies, and it shouldn't take many telephone calls or personal visits with current and former Idaho legislators to uncover an abundance of Moyle-smut. There's plenty. His shameful cursing tirades and disgusting intimidation practices during legislative sessions are legendary.
Idahoans seem quick to vilify national government and politicians, but there are sufficient homegrown vermin needing extermination. If enough Idaho political bushes are shaken, there's a good chance investigators could detect that distinctive, hollow, snake-shell, rattling sound which is common in areas of our state.
But then, perhaps the Statesman" is intimidated by creepy concerns about Moyle's set of fangs.
BEN SIMPSON, Boise
If the Auditorium District is so worried that the mayor of Boise is going to steal its money, it should either build a new Convention Center or expand the old one, something that should have been done a long time ago. It looks as though the district has the same "do nothing" disease that Washington, D.C., has.
JERRY GRIMES, Garden City