Destined to Lead
Article by Brian Keenan, University Communications & Marketing
ASUI President’s Leadership Stems from Family Tradition
A stellar student during his time at Boise High School, Nathan “Nate” Fisher had his choice of schools. But a passion for involvement and service runs in his veins—something of a family tradition, actually—and he decided to follow in his parents’ footsteps at the University of Idaho.
“One of the things I liked about UI was the opportunity for involvement, on campus and in the community,” he said. “And I think the experience that I’ve had here is unlike any other college I would have attended.”
A junior with a double major in political science and agricultural economics, Nate was elected president of the Associated Students of the University of Idaho (ASUI) in 2014. As president, Nate is a critical liaison between students and university leadership, as well as the Idaho State Board of Education and state elected officials. A central theme of Nate's plans for his presidency is expanding the student voice in university policy and student life.
“The student body and student government have a pretty unique relationship with the university,” Nate said. “We’re always trying to expand our student voice, of course. But I’ve found that we really have an impact with the administration, and with our students.”
Beyond student government, Nate is involved in several student organizations and is a leader in the UI Greek system. He serves as secretary for his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, and as the director of public relations for the Interfraternity Council, the governing board for all 18 fraternities on campus. He’s also an avid intramural sports player, with ultimate Frisbee and flag football at the top of his list.
The Fisher family connections to UI run deep. Nate’s mother, Jean, earned undergraduate and law degrees at UI. His father, Nathan Fisher Sr., received a bachelor's degree from UI in 1985, on his way to a long career in public service in Idaho that has included appointments under multiple governors and administrations in the field of natural resources and the environment.
“I’ve always been interested in government,” Nate said. “I think I kind of caught the bug from my dad.”
Nate wants to pursue a career in policy or government service after graduation, either in Idaho or the Northwest. He represents another fast-growing branch of leadership from the Fisher Vandal family tree.