President's Message

c of i messageHello, and welcome to The College of Idaho’s 125th Anniversary website! I am thrilled to have the great privilege to serve as the College’s president during this exciting time.

As fate would have it, the College’s quasquicentennial year coincides with my first as its president. And although my time here is only beginning, I already have learned so much about the amazing people who came before me and helped to build this College into the outstanding liberal arts institution it is today. Incredible men and women such as William Judson and Margaret Boone, Joe and Kathryn Albertson, R.C. Owens, Orma J. Smith and the hundreds of wonderful professors, staff members, students and alumni who are proud to call themselves Yotes. It is truly an honor to follow in their footsteps.

When we celebrate anniversaries, it is customary to reflect upon the past. And as I ponder the first 125 years of The College of Idaho, I am humbled to think of all the hard work and heartfelt care that others have put forth to make and to keep this place great. So much has changed since 1891, and the fact that the C of I is still here—and stronger than ever—is a testament to the vision of its founders, the dedication of its stewards and the strength of its mission. Moreover, as the College’s first woman President, I am proud of the College’s tradition of access that provided an excellent education to men and to women from the very beginning. 

The College’s history is also the key to its future, because I believe that the C of I is the “liberal arts college for the future.” I have heard people call the C of I a special place. A unique place. A precious place. It is all of those things and more. The academic and life lessons students learn here change lives and produce leaders in many fields. Together, we must continue this access to an outstanding education. The world of the twenty-first and even the twenty-second centuries is unimaginable. Yet, our remarkable faculty must prepare current and future students to understand the ethical and material consequences of the decisions they make in this future world. We know from our past that they will be successful, because this is truly is a one-of-a-kind place with a one-of-a-kind history.

The world is changing, and with it, the College surely will change as well. But as president, I promise to do everything within my power to ensure The College of Idaho continues to thrive for another 125 years.

Thank you for celebrating the College’s 125th Anniversary with us this academic year. I look forward to seeing you during the festivities. Hail, College of Idaho!

Dr. Charlotte Borst