December 7, 2012

Dr. Bob Kustra

Bob Kustra

Marcia Franklin talks with Dr. Bob Kustra, the president of Boise State University, about his past decade as head of that institution, his vision for the school, and trends in higher education across the country.

With an enrollment of more than 22,000 students and 2,400 faculty and staff, Boise State is Idaho's largest public university. During his tenure as president, which began in 2003, Kustra has overseen a 20 percent increase in student enrollment, 17 major construction projects and a nearly three-fold increase in faculty awards and research grants. The first comprehensive fundraising campaign in the university's history resulted in $185 million in private donations. The Boise State football team is also preparing for a move to the Big East Conference in 2013.

Kustra and Franklin will discuss what he views as the successes and challenges of his administration and where he sees the university headed, as well as his thoughts on changes in higher education, such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses.)

Prior to joining Boise State, Dr. Kustra served as president of the Midwestern Higher Education Commission and president of Eastern Kentucky University. He was also the lieutenant governor of Illinois from 1991-1998 and served 10 years in that state's legislature prior to becoming lieutenant governor.

Dr. Kustra has been a member of the NCAA Division I board of directors and served on the Presidential Task Force on the Future of Intercollegiate Athletics. He also served as a Commissioner of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

Viewers can email questions for Dr. Kustra to dialogue@idahoptv.org before Thursday, December 6.