U of I’s Affiliation with the University of Phoenix is a good business decision
May 23, 2023
My term as president of the Idaho State Board of Education ended last month. The final months of my term were spent immersing myself in the details involved in negotiations between the University of Idaho and the University of Phoenix, which ultimately resulted in a groundbreaking transaction approved Thursday by unanimous vote of the Idaho State Board of Education, sitting as the Board of Regents of the University of Idaho.
I said at the conclusion of last Thursday’s Board meeting that I think this is a huge homerun for our state. I’d like to take this opportunity to explain why this is a good and innovative business decision.
I have been involved in the forest products industry for nearly 30 years, serving as President and CEO for several companies. I currently sit on the Board of Directors for six for-profit entities. Over time, I’ve learned that the key to success is being able to forecast future trends and position a company or an institution either weather hard times or take advantage of an emerging opportunity.