MacMurray speaker is former Illinois legislator

By Jim McCabe on April 23 at 1:13pm

Kustra Portrait March 2014

MacMurray College has selected its speaker for 2014 commencement ceremonies.

The speaker is Dr. Robert Kustra, the president of Boise State University in Idaho for the last eleven years.

Dr. Kustra served as lieutenant governor for two terms from 1991 to 1998 during the administration of Governor Jim Edgar. He also served ten years in the state legislature in both the House and Senate, where he served in a leadership position.

Kustra also chaired the Illinois Board of Higher Education, which is responsible for the funding and oversight of the state’ nine public universities.

Dr. Kustra will address the MacMurray Class of 2014 on “Career Intelligence 2.0.” According to a MacMurray press release, Dr. Kustra’s administration has been marked by an emphasis on upgrading admissions standards to the highest of all Idaho’s public universities.

He led the first comprehensive campaign in university history, raising $185 million in private support for faculty, student scholarships and campus infrastructure.

Under his leadership, the university has undertaken at $300 million effort to dramatically improve classrooms, lab space, athletics and student housing facilities. Kustra was on the NCAA Division I board of directors and executive committee and served on the Presidential Task Force on the Future of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Dr. Kustra will be awarded with an honorary Doctorate of Public Service by MacMurray.

The commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, at 1:30 p-m in the Annie Merner Chapel on the campus of MacMurray. The ceremony is free and open to the public, but entrance is by ticket only. To reserve your spot, call 479-7027.