University Communication on Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Tuesday, August 24 2010


MOSCOW, Idaho - Late last week, President Duane Nellis met with leadership from the Arboretum and Botanical Garden for a discussion on fiscal stewardship issues. This is the text of the memo conveyed today to Arboretum leadership as a follow-up to that meeting:

“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with you last week and discuss what we all acknowledge is important to the University of Idaho: the Arboretum and Botanical Garden. As a follow-up to that discussion, let me clarify the points we discussed at that meeting and in my earlier communication with you and others associated with the Arboretum.

“First, I am restoring the full Arboretum operating funds effective immediately from our very limited reserves for this fiscal year (FY11). Because part of the restored funds this year are from one-time university carry-over reserves, we will need to identify other sources for FY12. We have identified $30,000 of such precious few funds for FY12, and will work with you to find additional resources through next fiscal year and beyond to support the important efforts of the Arboretum staff.

“Second, we are restoring the academic mission of the Arboretum. Effective September 15, 2010, the Arboretum will report directly to the University Arboretum Executive Committee, which is made up of a representative from each of the three colleges that have important teaching, research and outreach missions with the Arboretum. In turn, this group will have oversight from the three respective deans---Art and Architecture Dean Mark Hoversten, Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean John Hammel and Natural Resources Dean Kurt Pregitzer -- who ultimately report to the provost.

“Finally, I want to reiterate the importance of the Arboretum to the University of Idaho, our State and nation. As I have conveyed numerous times to various groups, I see the Arboretum as a University treasure.

I appreciate your passion and commitment to the Arboretum. I share that passion and commitment for this important living learning laboratory. I also appreciate your sensitivity and recognition for the significant budget cuts the University of Idaho has absorbed from the State of Idaho these past two years and the substantial challenges we have had to continue providing the quality programs that are part of our legacy at the University. Thanks again for your support.”

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