Dr. Arthur Vailas
President, Idaho State University
ISU’s 12th President, Dr. Arthur C. Vailas, is an accomplished academic administrator and biomedical researcher. Since stepping into his current role in 2006, Vailas has placed ISU on a trajectory for financial stability and growth. Annually, the University serves a student population of nearly 18,500 students representing 41 states and 58 countries. The university has campuses in four locations: Pocatello, Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls. ISU offers more than 250 academic programs – more than any other institution in the state. ISU hosts 15 men's and women's NCAA athletic teams and has more than 130 student clubs and organizations.
ISU has seen enrollment growth in strategic areas, including the Early College program, which enables high school students to take university courses at a reduced cost. The program has seen steady growth. During the 2014-15 academic year, more than 2,200 students took part in the program.
To assist students with both educational and career opportunities, President Vailas created the Career Path Internship program in 2013, which allows students to gain paid work experience in their future career fields. The growing program now serves more than 890 students annually. The university operates the Veteran Student Service Center and has been recognized as a military-friendly school consistently since 2008.
Under his leadership, ISU has continued to be a leader in research and innovation. ISU receives more than $28 million annually in research funding. The university has multiple research centers across Idaho, including the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), the Family Medicine Clinical Research Center, Idaho Accelerator Center (IAC), Institute of Rural Health (IRH), and the Research in Innovation and Science Institute (RISE) Complex.
In recent years ISU's campuses have seen incredible growth, including the purchase of the RISE Complex, and construction of the Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories, including state-of-the-art Bioskills and Cadaver Laboratories. Athletic facility upgrades have included Reed Gym, Miller Ranch Stadium and the ICCU Practice Field.
Together with his wife, Dr. Laura I. Vailas, he has very generously supported and championed a myriad of programs at ISU. Most recently, the Vailas’ giving has focused on the Honors Program, Benny’s Pantry, and the Veterans Student Services Center.
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