Legislative Financial Leaders Tour U-Idaho, Exploring Research Facilities and Educational Opportunities at Idaho’s Land-grant Institution

Thursday, June 14 2012

By Ysabel Bilbao

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho, the state’s leading research institution, opened its doors today (June 14) to members of Idaho’s Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee – or JFAC.

The 10-member group, along with members of the state’s division of financial management, legislative services office and Idaho State Board of Education, toured U-Idaho research facilities and laboratories. They also spent time talking to professors and students working on developing solutions to the state’s and the world’s most pressing problems.

As Idaho’s land-grant institution, U-Idaho oversees 70 university-affiliated operations in 42 of Idaho’s 44 counties.

University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis stressed the importance of funding these vital research and educational facilities to ensure they’ll continue to operate at their full potential.

“It is crucial that our state’s leaders know and understand what we do at the University of Idaho. Our faculty works hard on research projects and educational outreach that affects each and every one of us. I can talk about our university, but there is no better example of what it’s doing than by visiting our main campus and experiencing first-hand and seeing how we fulfill our educational mission on a daily basis,” said Nellis.

Over the past four years, U-Idaho experienced a $30 million loss in state funding. Nevertheless, it partnered with 250 private and public entities to keep research and academic programs moving forward.

“While we’re proud and very grateful for the non-governmental support we’ve received, we realize that there is a limit to the lifelines others can provide. We believe our legislators will understand that we’re exceptionally good stewards of our resources,” said Nellis.
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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 than 70 additional 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, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. Learn more: www.uidaho.edu.