President's Office

Administration Building
Room 105
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3151
Moscow, ID 83844-3151
Phone: (208) 885-6365

Friday Letter Office of the President

May 31, 2013

Dear Friends,

Ruthie and I have been blessed to share the last four years with you.

You wholeheartedly invited us into the Vandal community, and we’ve been honored to work together with you to move this great university forward.

People have asked me how I feel about leaving, and the fact is it is certainly with mixed feelings—on the one hand Ruthie and I are excited in anticipation of our new adventure, but at the same time we are sad to be leaving Idaho’s first university and indeed its flagship university, and the wonderful people associated with this beacon on the hill.

I'd like to thank all of you who have worked together during the many challenging times we’ve faced over the years.  Together we’ve weathered massive budget cuts, heart-rending losses, and other challenges at times at the state level. However, despite that we’ve increased research, enrollment, retention rates, graduation rates, and more.  We’re a more engaged university as we’ve reconnected with alumni across the country, and communities across Idaho, and as we’ve set a positive course for the future for Idaho’s land-grant university.

I owe each of you a debt of thanks. I'd like to specially thank …our great students, staff, alumni and friends for their terrific support. In part, this support is demonstrated in the almost $190 million in gifts and commitments to date toward the Inspiring Futures Campaign, which will culminate next year as part of the university’s 125th anniversary.

As we depart this special place, I'm encouraged by the leadership that our interim president Don Burnett brings to the office. As an Idaho native and lifelong supporter of the University of Idaho as well as a consummate educational leader, I have every confidence that he will continue on the path to our success as a 21st century land-grant research university.

Though Ruthie and I might be absent, we will always have a special place in our hearts for The University of Idaho -- Go Vandals!!


Duane and Ruthie Nellis

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Inspiring Futures Campaign Continues Building For The Future. For more than 123 years, we’ve “Inspired Futures.” From the entering class of 40 students, to the more than 12,000 enrolled today, the future of each member of the Vandal family has been transformed by their relationship with the University of Idaho, and each other; inspiring, challenging and ultimately contributing to our legacy of success and leadership. And as Idaho’s flagship, land-grant research university, we’re charged with leading the state of Idaho in discovery and innovation — supporting the future of our state and the progress of our greater world. A bright and prosperous future – for our students, Idaho, and the world – that is the focus of Inspiring Futures. Read more.