ISU's Vailas reflects on med school, 10 years at ISU

POCATELLO — Since taking over the helm of Idaho State University nearly 10 years ago, President Arthur Vailas has always had a vision for strengthening the university’s position as the state’s leader in Idaho health sciences.ISU’s reputation for having strong programs in pharmacy, nursing and speech-pathology/audiology existed before he arrived, but Vailas said, “I wanted to build on the strengths of the institution.”Over lunch Saturday, Vailas explained his journey at ISU and explored the successes and struggles —including a protracted battle with university faculty.Happiness punctuated the conversation because Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter had just announced two days earlier that a private-public partnership would bring the state’s first medical school to the ISU campus in Meridian.

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