President Names Stegner as Legislative Liaison

Friday, November 11 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis today appointed Idaho State Senator Joe Stegner as its new Special Assistant to the President for State Governmental Relations. He begins the job Thursday, Dec. 1.

Stegner was chosen from a sizeable pool of applicants in a competitive search process that began in July.

"The pool of applicants was truly impressive,” said M. Duane Nellis, President. “We were pleased that so many strong candidates recognized the importance of working with Idaho’s flagship university in serving residents throughout the state. However, Joe’s breadth and depth of experience in the legislature and business, as well as his commitment to education made him stand out from many other capable leaders.”

Working with President Nellis, Stegner will represent the University of Idaho in all aspects of state governmental relations. He will collaborate with leaders statewide to further the university’s educational, research and economic development initiatives. This includes working with higher education, business, community and other leaders to advance strategic initiatives that benefit the state and its citizens.

“I am honored to be chosen to work with President Nellis and the University of Idaho in the area of governmental relations,” said Stegner. “This is an exciting opportunity that doesn’t come along very often and I’m very thankful for this chance to work for the continued excellence of the University of Idaho and Idaho’s higher education community.”

Stegner is completing his seventh term in the Idaho Senate where he served on numerous higher education boards to benefit Idaho’s future. He is the former owner of Stegner Grain & Seed Company that he sold in 1995. He is also a graduate of the University of Idaho.

His positive efforts aimed at benefiting the state have earned him honors from the Idaho Association of Cities, the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts, as well as multiple awards from economic development, agricultural and mental health organizations.

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