The Bronco football team received a smattering of No. 1 votes from America's sportswriters Tuesday, and Boise State University should get the Legislature's top ranking.
At least, legislative candidate Dan Loughrey is pushing the second half of the equation.
“We have a higher education system that promotes mediocrity, and not excellence. What we have are four universities, with four highly paid presidents and four different visions,” said Loughrey, a Boise Republican.
"It’s high time to recognize that success in higher education must revolve around Boise State University, where half the state’s population resides.”
That'd at least make for an interesting turf war, should Loughrey get elected. It might even shove that whole "nasty and inebriated" culture war to the side.
Loughrey is seeking a House seat in legislative District 17, which includes the BSU campus. His opponent, two-term Democrat Sue Chew of Boise, is a BSU adjunct professor.
Here's Loughrey's news release:
House candidate Dan Loughrey says that if he is elected to the Legislature, he will push to make Boise State University Idaho’s flagship university.
Loughrey says Idaho’s economic future depends on having a quality higher education system, and Boise State being a top-grade university.
“Boise State has one of the best football programs in America and, without question, the best in Idaho,” said Loughrey, who is running for the District 17B House seat. “Academically, there’s a far different perception.”
Loughrey said Boise State needs to be recognized as the No. 1 university in the state — funding-wise and otherwise. BSU needs to be to Idaho what the University of Nebraska, University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin are to their respective states.
Loughrey said more funding for Idaho’s universities is not the answer.
“We need planning, vision, leadership or direction in higher education. As a result, we have a higher education system that promotes mediocrity, and not excellence. What we have are four universities, with four highly paid presidents and four different visions,” Loughrey said.
“It’s abundantly clear that Idaho does not have the resources to fully fund all these four-year schools,” he said. “It’s high time to recognize that success in higher education must revolve around Boise State University, where half the state’s population resides.”
Loughrey says his election to the Idaho House of Representatives will not guarantee immediate change. But he will use his place in the Legislature to be a strong advocate for Boise State University and his voice to promote the need for better planning in higher education.
“Spinning our wheels is not an acceptable plan and mediocrity is not an acceptable vision for higher education in Idaho,” Loughrey said.