Doctor Donald Birx is currently a chancellor and professor at Penn State, and he's held administrative positions at the University of Houston and New Mexico State University. Birx said he believes the U-of-I has a lot of potential to grow as a land grant university... and to improve its athletic programs.
"I think UI's in a rebuilding phase," said Birx. "In some ways athletically, but also academically, to where it wants to go in the future. And I think winning's not everything, but whatever you do, you ought to have a reputation for doing it well."
Birx said strengthening the athletic programs would benefit the school academically and improve its image. Birx took questions from people associated with the university Tuesday morning, and from community members Tuesday afternoon.
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