The College of Idaho’s legacy began in 1891 with William Judson Boone’s call to “Let them come, let them all come, and we will see what they can do.” By refining and sharpening this dual emphasis on access and achievement, the College has served its community faithfully and provided its people with a bright path to fulfill their dreams.
Through good and, especially lately, demanding times, the C of I has been eager to embrace the challenges of two new centuries while remaining true to the vision of its founders. Advance The Legacy embodies a number of aspirations that are focused in four priority areas: attracting and retaining the best students; enhancing our superior academic program; upgrading the campus environment; and bolstering annual and long-term unrestricted support. These far-reaching goals require significant resources and the engagement and commitment of all those who share in the College’s legacy.
This past year has seen an exceptional expression of generosity by our alumni (36 percent of whom made a gift to the C of I and who, together, gave nearly $1 million in unrestricted support), by the graduating Class of 2011 (97 percent of whom made their first gifts as alumni), and especially by the College’s faculty, 100 percent of whom made a gift to the annual fund. Advance The Legacy has an ambitious goal of $175 million, but if this past year is any indication, the goal will be achieved - and surpassed - and the College’s legacy secured in perpetuity.
Each generation of Coyotes assumes responsibility for those who follow, ensuring that the students of today and tomorrow achieve the particular distinction of a College of Idaho education. On behalf of these remarkable young men and women, I thank you for sustaining this tradition, not only by annual supporting through the Boone Fund – an essential component of Advance The Legacy – but also by considering a gift to one of the campaign’s priority areas.
Your participation in Advance The Legacy will immeasurably strengthen our ability to serve our students and our community. It will support scholarships, endowed chairs and programs, new and renovated facilities, and equipment. It will ensure that Idaho’s first college remains its best.
Marvin Henberg, President