Bob Kustra

President of Boise State University

Bob Kustra is the host of Reader's Corner a weekly radio show that features lively conversations with some of the nation’s leading authors about issues and ideas that matter today.

Dr. Bob Kustra is president of Boise State University, the largest public university in Idaho, with an enrollment of nearly 20,000 students served by 2,800 faculty and staff.

Now in his ninth year, he leads the university in a time of dynamic growth in student enrollment, new construction, fundraising and research. Long heralded for its devotion to classroom teaching, Boise State has expanded its mission to become an emerging metropolitan research university of distinction..

With a long and distinguished career in public service in Illinois, Dr. Kustra served two terms as lieutenant governor, following 10 years in the legislature. He also chaired the Illinois Board of Higher Education, responsible for funding and oversight of the state’s nine public universities. Dr. Kustra’s background in radio includes four years as host of a talk show on WLS-AM in Chicago.

Prior to joining Boise State, Dr. Kustra served as president of Eastern Kentucky University and the Midwestern Higher Education Commission. He has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois-Springfield, Loyola University of Chicago, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Northwestern University.

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Biology professor talking about his raptor research around the world

Author of "God's Dogs: A Novel in Stories"

Author of "The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird"

French professor discussing his experiences during the devastating 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Political science professor discusses how the Iraq war and Vietnam revisionist history is affecting perception of new Afghanistan policies

Geosciences professor talking about his hydrology research

Education professor talking about education issues in Idaho and the nation

History professor and author of "Jedediah Smith: No Ordinary Mountain Man"

Author of "The Secret Life of Edgar Mint"

Discusses the origins of some favorite Christmas traditions

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Former NASA Astronaut, now Boise State's Distinguished Educator in Residence

Boise State political science professor, on the state of civic education.

Director of the Center for the Geophysical Investigation of the Shallow Subsurface (CGISS)

Boise State History professor and expert on the lands of the former Yugoslavia

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