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Caroline Nilsson Troy Named Governmental Relations Liaison

May 25, 2022

MOSCOW, Idaho — May 25, 2022 — State representative, former Vandal staffer and alumna Caroline Nilsson Troy has been named special assistant to the president for state and governmental relations at University of Idaho. She replaces Joe Stegner, who is retiring after more than a decade of representing the university. She begins July 1.

Nilsson Troy will work directly with legislators and state staff in Boise and across the state, representing the interests of U of I. She will drive legislative strategy, build and nurture relationships and represent the president in governmental relations.

“The experience Caroline brings is invaluable,” said U of I President Scott Green. “She not only understands how the legislature works, but her leadership on the Joint-Finance Appropriations Committee brings added insight. She is a Vandal who brings passion for and deep understanding of our university.”

She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from U of I. From Genesee, Nilsson Troy is a partner in Mustoe-Nilsson Farms and began working at U of I in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in 1995. She served as the executive director of development until leaving the university in 2007. She served four terms as an Idaho legislator and was vice-chair of JFAC, the panel that drafts state agency budgets.

“This opportunity brings me full circle,” Nilsson Troy said. “I am proud to rejoin the Vandal Family and bring the experiences and knowledge I gained in my years in the legislature. Education is incredibly important to our state and this position has a direct impact on education funding and support.”

Nilsson Troy plans to appoint a substitute to complete her term in the legislature, which expires at the end of the year.

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