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BSU Prez Kustra: We don’t call them tricks

Boise State University President Bob Kustra tells legislative budget writers about how BSU is being innovative to move ahead in the current economic downturn, a strategy he likened to the trick play - a faked punt - that the BSU Broncos used to win the Fiesta Bowl in dramatic fashion this year. Kustra made his budget pitch to lawmakers on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)
Boise State University President Bob Kustra tells legislative budget writers about how BSU is being innovative to move ahead in the current economic downturn, a strategy he likened to the trick play - a faked punt - that the BSU Broncos used to win the Fiesta Bowl in dramatic fashion this year. Kustra made his budget pitch to lawmakers on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

BSU President Bob Kustra opened his presentation to JFAC this morning with a video of the faked punt that the Broncos used to dramatically win the Fiesta Bowl this year. "There are some who call those trick plays," Kustra said. "We don't call trick plays that are well-executed tricks." He said the success on the field is symptomatic of Boise State's strategy for building success in many areas of the university, including using "athletics to build strong academic programs." Among innovations he highlighted: BSU's first intersession during the winter break this year, a three-week session that served 333 students who earned 880 credit hours at a time when the university's buildings normally would have stood vacant. The program was "self-sustaining" - tuition revenues covered all its expenses.

"We have some great ideas on how we can do things more efficiently," Kustra said. An example is a new mail services agreement with the state, in which the state Department of Administration will take over the campus mail service, saving about $250,000 a year starting next year. Evening and weekend classes have been shifted around to save on energy costs. A million dollars has been cut from personnel and operating in the university's advancement office. "We've definitely done some very serious cost-cutting," Kustra said. A multi-year fundraising campaign is "on track," he said.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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