Did you know: Dr. Kustra has lived in the Treasure Valley for 13 years.

Michael Satz, Associate Vice President and Executive Officer, Boise and Southwest Region

What is your company philosophy on the importance of community?

Community is most important to the University of Idaho’s mission as Idaho’s land grant university. UI is charged with serving all of Idaho’s citizens by providing quality, affordable educations at a leading, nationally recognized research university. Additionally, UI strives to be an active member in communities across the state in order to serve area needs and to improve the lives of the state’s citizenry. Here in the Treasure Valley, the University of Idaho Boise is proud to represent our institution and carry out this work locally.

Why did you choose to get involved in Together Treasure Valley?

Working collaboratively with other organizations and businesses in the region gives UI the opportunity to enhance the positive impact we have as a university on the community. Our Treasure Valley faculty and staff are invested in the success of the region and community as a whole, whether it is through helping businesses achieve their objectives, improving education throughout the area, or supporting activities for younger students in the Valley. Together Treasure Valley is a perfect match for our vision of working together to make a brighter future for our community.

Anything else you’d like to highlight about how your company supports the Treasure Valley?

In addition to the strong educational programs we offer in the Treasure Valley, I want the community to know about the myriad of other programming UI offers to directly educate, or improve the lives of the citizens of the Treasure Valley. From our 4-H youth robotics program for children to our master Gardener program for adults, to the Small Business Legal Clinic for businesses, the Integrated Design Lab for property owners, and the Urban Design Lab for building design, the University of Idaho is here and invested in the success of the Treasure Valley.

What is the TV Best Kept Secret?

It’s the people. The people in the Treasure Valley are friendly, warm, interesting, smart and very community oriented. It makes for a great place to live.

Who could be better served by our community?

Grade school students. Preparing them for success after graduation through community-focused groups like the Treasure Valley Education Partnership is something we strive to do here at the University of Idaho. The Treasure Valley’s refugee population is another group that would benefit from the attention and care of our community through groups like Neighbors United, another organization that UI works with. And finally, I think providing access to education for first-generation and multicultural students located in the Treasure Valley is an important objective for our community.

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