Idaho’s Universities have lost a Great Champion for Higher Education and Leadership
Friday, February 3 2012
MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho community is deeply saddened by the loss of Micron CEO, Steve Appleton. Appleton was a champion for learning and his efforts to continuously grow, expand and advance Micron Technology, Inc. showed his passion for education.
“Steve Appleton was a real Idaho gem who, through hard work and vision, rose to lead Micron and further Idaho’s technological foundation and Idaho in the process,” said Duane Nellis, president of the University of Idaho. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Dalynn, his children and his family."
As a student-athlete and Boise State University graduate, Appleton saw the importance of supporting higher education in Idaho. Under Appleton’s leadership, Micron has been an outspoken force in promoting the idea that an educated community leads to economic prosperity.
Micron Foundation’s most recent donation of $1.2 million to the University of Idaho for STEM research and education is a great example of the true leadership that Micron encompasses. In addition, Micron provides students at the University of Idaho with real-world experience through internships. Through Micron’s leadership, the University of Idaho is working to eliminate the critical barriers to learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The University of Idaho values the partnerships it has formed with Micron under the guidance of Appleton. The state of Idaho will truly be affected by the tragic loss of a leader who worked to enhance our state’s ability to be globally competitive.
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