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Philip B. Soulen ’53
The University of Idaho Alumni Association today announced its 2014 Alumni Association Hall of Fame inductees, with Idaho business and civic leader Philip B. Soulen ’53 of Weiser, Idaho earning the distinction. Soulen will be recognized during the spring commencement in Moscow at a reception on Thursday, May 15, and at an induction luncheon on Friday, May 16.
Soulen joins a Hall-of-Fame class that includes former Idaho Supreme Court justice Linda Copple-Trout ’73, ’77 and higher education leader Mary Kay McFadden ’80.
Soulen is the president of Soulen Livestock Company, a business started by his father, Harry, in 1926. Soulen joined the business after his graduation from the University of Idaho, working with commitment to operate and expand the business. Based in Weiser and operating across eight Idaho counties and 50,000 acres, the company runs approximately 8,000 head of ewes and 800 cows.
An active leader in Idaho business, especially in the sheep and cattle industry, Soulen has served as president of the Idaho Wool Growers Association, on the board of directors of the Western Range Association, and as a member of the BLM advisory board.
Additional service includes positions on the Weiser school board, Idaho First National Bank Board, and the Idaho Power Board. Soulen also served as a director for the Idaho State Chamber of Commerce and was president of the Crane Creek Reservoir Independent Water Users Company and president of Weiser Feed and Storage.
Soulen’s passion and dedication to the University of Idaho has remained strong since his college years, as a member of the Inspiring Futures campaign cabinet and on the Vandal Scholarship Fund advisory board. He has also served on the UI Foundation council and on the College of Natural Resources advisory board.
Soulen has created numerous scholarships and donated to many projects and programs in support of academics and athletics at UI, remaining a dedicated Vandal and attending most home football games with enthusiasm and passion for his beloved university.
While at UI, Soulen was president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. He has four children, all of whom attended the University of Idaho: Theresa (’77 Home Economics), Margaret, Helen (’81 Accounting), and Harry (’84 Agribusiness).
The Alumni Association Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who have achieved national or international distinction through their accomplishments and leadership. Criteria for consideration includes: distinction in career accomplishments; leadership within career organizations; voluntary leadership efforts in charitable causes; leadership efforts that have improved the cultural, social, political or economic well-being of society; prior recognition and honors; and artistic, innovative or technical accomplishments.
Since its creation in 1962, the Alumni Association Hall of Fame has enshrined more than 190 members.