Boise State president Bob Kustra to retire in June

In a letter addressed to staff, Kustra says "after 15 years of service it is time to step down." He's planning to leave June 30. (File Photo)

Boise State president Bob Kustra is retiring and leaving the university.

In a letter addressed to staff, Kustra says "after 15 years of service it is time to step down." He's planning to retire June 30.

"Definitely (he had) a big impact, it started out like a small commuter college and it's definitely a big growing university now so you can see all the work he's put in for sure," said freshman Emily Spencer.

"I think he's going to be missed. Even though I don't know him, I know I go to school at the college that he runs and I love it and he probably helped with the Honors College and that's where I live right now so it's very sad that he's retiring," said freshman Lauren Schoeneshoefer.

"I will be forever grateful for being able to serve during this period of incredible growth and accomplishment for the university," Kustra said in his letter. "It could not have happened without a faculty dedicated to teaching and research and as open to new ideas and unafraid of working across disciplines as any faculty in America."

Kustra parlayed Boise State’s famous and unexpected win over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl into a launching pad for national recognition and a growing reputation as a leader in innovation and creativity, both in athletics and academics.

One student who had the opportunity to work with President Kustra says he'll definitely be missed.

"He has this like friendly little joking side too, he has a little humor about him and it's really fun to kinda see that side because you always see the professional side and aspect of things but something I think Boise State has done very well is make me feel like it's more of a home and a family than just an institution," said sophomore Carina Dieters.

Kustra launched the School of Public Service to train the next generation of Idaho leaders and the College of Innovation and Design to reimagine how a public university should partner and collaborate with industry and others to best prepare students for longterm success

Kustra says he and his wife Kathy will be "Broncos for life."

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