Reflections on Serving under Seven University of Idaho Presidents:
Representing the University in all its Diversity and Universality.
By Martin L. Peterson
Special Assistant to the President
University of Idaho
Abstract: Marty Peterson was appointed Special Assistant to the President of the University of Idaho in 1992. Since then he has served in that capacity under seven presidents. As the university’s primary coordinator for governmental relations, he has worked to match the unique needs of the university’s diverse internal interests with the universal realities of governors, legislators, congressmen and senators.
These nineteen years have seen changes in university presidents, governors, legislators and members of Idaho’s congressional delegation. Changing times bring with them changes in priorities, changes in management styles, and changes in the way business is done at all levels. In his presentation, Marty Peterson will talk about the impact of changes at the local, academic and individual levels versus changes at the universal level. And he will also make some prognostications about what the future holds for the university in these changing times.
Martin L. Peterson
Marty Peterson is now in his fifty-first year of public service in Idaho. That service began with enlisting in the Idaho National Guard as a 17-year-old junior in high school. He is a 1968 graduate of the University of Idaho. He was on the staffs of Senator Frank Church and Governors Cecil Andrus and John Evans. He is also a former state budget director. In 1990 he directed the planning and administration of Idaho’s state centennial celebration. He also worked for the mayors and city councils of 200 Idaho cities as executive director of the Association of Idaho Cities. Since 1992 he has been a special assistant to seven presidents of the University of Idaho.
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