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President Henberg delivers State of the College Address

College of Idaho President Dr. Marv Henberg applauded his faculty and staff for a successful 2010-2011 school year and challenged them to continue generating bold ideas that will ensure continued academic and fiscal success in the years to come during his annual State of the College Address on Aug. 25 inside Langroise Recital Hall.

“The year just concluded was remarkable by virtually every measure,” Henberg said. “The College enjoyed a record fall enrollment of 1,055 students.  Dr. Rochelle Johnson became the third College faculty member in five years to be named Idaho Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  Our transition to the distinctive new PEAK Curriculum went smoothly.”

Henberg went on to outline goals for the 2011-2012 school year, including refining PEAK and bolstering its visibility through national publicity and grants. He also thanked the hundreds of donors who helped the College to a record alumni giving rate of 36 percent, the second-highest in the Northwest. C of I also received gifts from 100 percent of its faculty, 100 percent of its trustees, 97 percent of its graduating seniors and 75 percent of its staff.

“When those who study at or work on behalf of the College believe sufficiently in its value to make a philanthropic commitment, we are indeed rich in the way that matters most—rich in heart,” Henberg said.

At the same time, the President said the campus community must continue efforts to strengthen the College’s long-term financial sustainability in the coming school year and beyond. He urged the College’s employees and friends to find ways to enhance enrollment, philanthropy and academic quality through bold new ideas such as PEAK. With the national economy continuing to struggle and government funding of education in rapid decline, Henberg made it clear that no college is immune to the present and future economic challenges facing higher education. 

 “We must find bold new initiatives that will capture new revenues and keep old sources of revenue from deteriorating,” Henberg said. “We must spread far and wide the story of excellence at The College of Idaho, distinguishing ourselves from our competition as we do so.

“I issue such a general call for ideas and initiatives precisely because I believe so strongly in the sound State of the College at its heartfelt best.”

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.