Idaho State University president to retire next year

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POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas says he will retire next summer after more than a decade at the school.

Vailas made the announcement Wednesday during a monthly meeting of the Idaho State Board of Education. The announcement came just three days after the university's football booster club announced it would withhold more than $80,000 in donations until both Vailas and Athletic Director Jeff Tingey leave the school.

The booster club, called the Idaho State Football Alumni Team, or FAT, has criticized school officials for the team's 20-70 overall record (which includes an 11-53 record in the Big Sky conference). Tingey has refuted many of the booster club's claims.

Vailas didn't mention the booster club's criticism in a prepared statement announcing his retirement, but said that he had worked tirelessly to make ISU a better place for students, faculty and alumni.

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