Alumni Offices

Moscow Office

University of Idaho Alumni Office - Moscow
Physical location:
1212 Blake Ave.
Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3232
Moscow, ID 83844-3232
(208) 885-6154
(208) 885-6975 (fax)

Boise Office

University of Idaho Alumni Office - Boise
322 E. Front Street, Suite 390
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 364-4030
(208) 364-4084 (fax)

Laine Meyer '72

Laine MeyersJim Lyle Award Recipient 2013

If it’s long-term dedication you want, Mario Reyes said he knows just the guy to call – 1972 alumnus Laine Meyer.

“You know, Meyer could have settled into an easy retirement,” Reyes, dean of the University of Idaho College of Business and Economics said. “But instead, along the way, Meyer decided to pair his considerable strategic management skills with his passion for our alma mater.”

Reyes was the presenter during the Silver & Gold reception in California honoring Meyer with the 2013 Jim Lyle Award.

The Jim Lyle Award was created in 1991 to recognize outstanding contributions of any living individual or couple who has shown long-term dedication to the university and the Alumni Association through volunteerism. The award is named in honor of Jim Lyle, who served with great distinction as U-Idaho alumni director from 1946-1969.

Meyer was born and raised on a farm in Gooding, Idaho. He graduated from Gooding High School in 1968 and was active in school athletics and student body activities. He received many scholastic awards. He also was active in organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, where was an Eagle Scout.

In the fall of 1968, Meyer entered the U-Idaho College of Business and Economics, focusing on business and accounting. In May of 1972, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business with a major in accounting, going on to become a certified public accountant.  

While at U-Idaho, Meyer was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He financed his college education by working summers for the U.S. Forest Service on an intra-regional fire crew, fighting forest fires throughout the western United States.

In September of 1972, Meyer began his 33-year career with the Hewlett Packard computer company. He relocated to Palo Alto, Calif., to accept a position as a staff accountant.  After serving in several senior financial management positions, he moved into general management, responsible for several different U.S. and global organizations. In June of 1998, Meyer was named vice president of the company.

“Meyer’s leadership positions saw HP through tremendous growth and prosperity,” Reyes said.

In October of 2005, after 33 years, Meyer retired from Hewlett Packard. Since then, Meyer has lent his leadership skills to the U-Idaho Foundation.

“I cannot even begin to know the number of hours and trips to Moscow and other locations (Meyer) has given to us as part of sharing his insights,” Reyes said. “Undoubtedly, we are a better organization because of his commitment.”

Meyer, his wife Claudia and their two children reside in the Sun Valley area.