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Administration, and Urban Studies and Community Development. — A new president will soon succeed Bob Kustra, who will retire after 15 years at the helm that saw record growth and numerous changes and advances. The Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts retained its rank of No. 2 in 2017’s Top Stops in Universities by Venues Today. That ranking applies to venues with 5,000 seats or fewer and is based on gross box office receipts. More than 1.5 million people visit the campus annually for cultural, athletic and entertainment events, including Bronco sports, the Distinguished Lecture Series and the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Celebration. The Gene Harris Jazz Festival celebrated its 21st anniversary in early April 2018. While the university has many fine sports achievements, the rise to national prominence of the football team has brought the attention of the national media. In 2014, USA Today honored the famous blue football field by naming Albertsons Stadium’s Lyle Smith Field as the No. 1 College Football Field in the country. In 2017, Boise State was ranked as the No. 3 Best College for Outdoor Adventurers by College Magazine. College of Idaho Located in Caldwell, the College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private college. It celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2016. It was founded in 1891 by the Presbytery of Wood River, with a total of 19 students. (From 1991 until 2007, it was known as Albertson College of Idaho.) The new Cruzen-Murray Library opened in early 2018. It will serve as a new campus gateway at the intersection of 21st Street and Cleveland Boulevard. The three-story, 60,000-square-foot facility includes private and group study areas, a 24/7 study space, multimedia classrooms, a café and public spaces for readings, lectures and exhibitions. Since 2010, the college has remodeled Boone Science Hall, created West Hall and the Center for Physician Assistant Studies, as well as made extensive renovations to historic Voorhees and Finney residence halls.

On the sports side, the college renovated Simplot Stadium and built Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium in collaboration with the city of Caldwell. There is also a new Marty Holly Athletics Center. This liberal arts college has an enrollment of 960 students from more than two dozen states and about 50 countries. International students comprise 10 percent of the student body, which boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 18-to-1. C of I boasts the No. 1 graduation rate among Idaho colleges and universities, as well as checking in at No. 12 for Happiest Students in the country by The Princeton Review. The college has once again appeared in other national rankings, including the 2018 Top 500 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College Rankings. C of I ranked No. 401 on the list and was the only school in Idaho in the Top 500. Other recent honors include a No. 168 ranking on the U.S. News and World Report’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, a No. 2 ranking on the Best College Review’s 2017 list of Top 50 Best Small Colleges in the U.S. and inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Princeton Review’s the Best 382 Colleges, which honors only the top 15 percent of America’s four-year institutions. C of I offers 26 majors, 55 minors and 13 collaborative programs in 16 departments. Top majors are biology, health sciences, history, psychology and business. The innovative professional, ethical, articulate and knowledgeable (PEAK) curriculum enables students to graduate with an academic major and three undergraduate minors in four years. This allows students to cultivate their talents and passions in four academic areas — fine arts and humanities; natural sciences and mathematics; social sciences and history; and a professional field. The college has a strong sports background in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with 19 varsity sports, including national championships. The school fielded its first football team in 2014 after 37 years and won its first game 31-28 — the first home victory since 1977. In 2017, the college enjoyed its first winning football season since 1969.

In early 2018, the college made a unique move by announcing a co-presidency of former Treasure Valley YMCA CEO Jim Everett and former TitleOne President Doug Brigham. Everett is a former swim coach, and Brigham is a C of I alumnus. Both have served on the college’s Board of Trustees. College of Western Idaho CWI in Nampa began regular classes in January 2009, with an enrollment of more than 1,100 students. Enrollment expanded to 3,600 students by the following fall semester and continues to grow at a rapid rate. It recently added a new 176,000-square-foot Professional Technical Education Program Center. It has also added 12 new programs to its curriculum. In 2016-2017, it awarded 1,627 degrees and certificates and reached almost 29,000 students, More than 8,000 of them are dual-credit students. Nearly 88 percent of its enrollment live in Ada and Canyon counties, and more than 12 percent are above the age of 30. The college is still exploring the vision of a Boise campus for business and technology classes, along with other educational opportunities for students who want to transfer to a four-year institution such as Boise State. The proposed new campus could serve 20,000 students, including those at the physical site and those taking online classes. The rapidly expanding student population is served by more than 940 faculty and support staff across the Treasure Valley in eight campus locations and more than a dozen community classrooms. High school students can obtain college credit through dual-credit programs and receive college credit for tech prep courses such as automotive, information technology, welding, diesel technology and dental assisting. Numerous programs prepare students to transfer to a four-year university or to improve skills for the workforce. Associate degrees are offered in diverse areas from baking and pastry arts to wildland fire management. CWI has seen tremendous growth in recent years and generates more than $102 million annually to the economy. BOISECHAMBER.ORG

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Profile for Boise Metro Chamber

2018 Boise Valley Spotlight Magazine  

The Boise Valley Spotlight magazine is our annual membership directory. Together with our publishing partner, the Idaho Statesman, we share...

2018 Boise Valley Spotlight Magazine  

The Boise Valley Spotlight magazine is our annual membership directory. Together with our publishing partner, the Idaho Statesman, we share...