It didn’t take long for supporters of the University of Idaho to raise the issue of putting "flagship" back in the university's proposed mission statement. They brought the matter up Wednesday at the Idaho State Board of Education meeting in Moscow.
Near the top of the agenda of the Board of Education meeting was a chance for members of the public to comment. Four of the five speakers signed up to speak brought up the flagship issue, including Moscow State Representative Tom Trail, who criticized the Board for its action. “On the other hand, I want to compliment the Board for their decision. At no time in history has the ire of Vandal alumni, students, and supporters been raised to such a high level. This has resulted in stronger support and enthusiasm for the institution than ever before.”
The Board also heard from student leaders and the UI Faculty Senate, all asking that the Board reconsider its recent decision to remove the word ‘flagship’ from the university’s proposed mission statement.
Board members have said in the past that they don’t want to elevate one of the state’s universities above any of the others in the institutional mission statements.