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Boise State celebrates the investiture of its seventh president

Posted at 5:06 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 19:09:38-04

BOISE, Idaho — Boise State held a ceremony Thursday to officially inaugurate Dr. Marlene Tromp as the President of the university.

Several speakers took to the podium, including Boise State's Student Body President, Kaleb Smith, and Governor Brad Little.

Dr. Tromp joined Boise State on July 1 as the university’s seventh president.

She previously served as campus provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, one of the top-ranked public universities in the country, and as the dean of Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the vice provost of the university’s West Campus.

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A ceremony to formally inaugurate a president is a long tradition in academia.

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After the ceremony, the brand new Center for the Visual Arts opened for public tours.

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Located on the west end of campus along Capitol Boulevard, the Center for the Visual Arts is a work of art in itself.

The $48 million building brings all of the university’s visual art programs – history of art and visual culture, art metals, art education, ceramics, graphic design, illustration, photography, printmaking, sculpture, drawing and painting – together under one roof, and features the Blue Galleries, which are open to the public. It also houses the administration, faculty and staff for the School of the Arts