Idaho Vandal Confirmed as 35th Commandant of U.S. Marine Corps

Monday, October 4 2010

BOISE, Idaho – On Friday, Oct. 1, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gen. James Amos, a University of Idaho alumnus, for the post of commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.

"The University of Idaho congratulates Gen. James Amos on his confirmation as the commandant of the United State Marine Corps," said President Duane Nellis. "The University of Idaho has a legacy of educating leaders and General Amos is a perfect example. We are proud of his commitment to his country and we expect he will be an extraordinary leader of the Marine Corps. He is among the many prominent university alumni who serve this state and nation in both the private and public sectors."

Amos is the 35th Marine Corps commandant. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance/business and economics in 1970 from the university and was a member of the ROTC. His dedication to his alma mater continues; Amos is said to display a University of Idaho banner in his office at the Pentagon.
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation classification for high research activity. The student population of 12,302 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For more information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit