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Daley-Laursen gets new assignment at UI

After serving as the university's interim president, Steven Daley-Laursen takes on a new role today, University of Idaho President Duane Nellis announced, as a senior executive to the president with a focus on "special federal initiatives." It's a one-year appointment for the former dean of the College of Natural Resources. The university said Daley-Laursen "will remain a tenured professor of forest resources in the College of Natural Resources, but decided not to return as dean of that college." Part of his work at the federal level will be taking over from Marty Peterson, who is scaling back his workload as he moves toward retirement; Peterson, who had been handling both federal and state government relations for the UI, now will focus on state relations. Click below to read the UI news release.

July 2, 2009


Daley-Laursen Appointed to Federal Relations Post at University of Idaho

MOSCOW, Idaho – Steven Daley-Laursen will continue in service to the University of Idaho in a new role.

 In a letter to the university community today, President M. Duane Nellis announced that Daley-Laursen will serve a one-year appointment as senior executive to the university president with a particular focus on special federal initiatives.

 “It gives me great pleasure to have Steven Daley-Laursen take on this assignment where he will be able to shape some of the university's priority multi-disciplinary research initiatives, and promote opportunities for federal agency funding in the areas building on ideas emerging from the RFI [Request for Innovations] process,” Nellis said.

 Daley-Laursen will focus on federal relations working closely with Vice President for Research Jack McIver.

 “Provost Baker and I are both pleased about the potential the university has for growing this program significantly under Steve’s and Jack's leadership,” Nellis wrote.

The appointment took effect on July 1.

Daley-Laursen assumes part of the portfolio carried “so ably for many years” by Marty Peterson, who directed the university’s federal and state relations. Peterson, who is in a phased work schedule as he moves toward retirement, is focused now on state relations.

 Nellis praised Daley-Laursen for serving the University of Idaho “very effectively as interim president over the past year, and previously as Dean of the College of Natural Resources for several years. I appreciate his commitment to continue to play an important role for the University of Idaho.”

 “I’m enthusiastic about continuing to serve the University of Idaho and our state,” said Daley-Laursen. “This is an opportunity to rally faculty and staff around our strengths and competitive advantages, to build new partnerships, and to make connections at the federal level that will increase support for our university’s people and programs. I look forward to working with President Nellis and contributing to the university’s continued forward momentum.”

Daley-Laursen will remain a tenured professor of forest resources in the College of Natural Resources, but decided not to return as dean of that college.

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