Former Lt. Gov. to speak at MacMurray
May 1, 2014
Dr. Kustra, president of Boise State University in Idaho since 2003, will address the MacMurray Class of 2014 on “Career Intelligence 2.0.” The ceremonies are free and open to the public, but entrance is by ticket only. To reserve a ticket, call MacMurray Public Relations at (217) 479-7027.
During the Commencement ceremony, Dr. Kustra will be awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service by MacMurray College.
Dr. Kustra’s career has reached the highest levels of political office and academia. Probably best known in Illinois for his service as lieutenant governor for two terms, 1991-98, during the administration of Gov. Jim Edgar, Dr. Kustra served 10 years in the Illinois Legislature, in both the House and the Senate, where he served in a leadership position. He also chaired the Illinois Board of Higher Education, which is responsible for the funding and oversight of the state’s nine public universities.
Dr. Kustra earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Benedictine College in Kansas, a master’s in public administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Loyola University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University.
Prior to assuming the presidency of Boise State, he served as president of the Midwestern Higher Education Commission and of Eastern Kentucky University. During his 11 years at Boise State, the campus has grown to 22,000 students, more than doubled its graduate offerings, and has become the fastest-growing research enterprise in Idaho.
Dr. Kustra’s administration has been marked by an emphasis on upgrading admissions standards to the highest of all Idaho’s public universities. He led the first comprehensive campaign in university history, Destination Distinction, besting the goal and raising $185 million in private support for faculty, student scholarships and campus infrastructure. Under his leadership, the university has undertaken a $300 million effort to dramatically improve classrooms, lab space, athletics and student housing facilities.
Dr. Kustra was a member of the NCAA Division I board of directors and executive committee 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. He has been inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame and was named the Most Influential Person in the Boise valley by The Idaho Statesman.
Each week, Dr. Kustra features lively conversations with some of the nation’s leading authors about issues and ideas that matter today on his radio show, Reader’s Corner, which airs on Boise State’s NPR station.