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The Boise State Alumni Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is funded in large part through membership. In partnership with the Boise State University Office of Alumni Relations and the Division of University Advancement, the Association works to achieve its mission through; membership, chapters and networks, student programs, advocacy, and special events. A healthy mix of all areas ensures that the association will continue to impact higher education in Idaho well into the future.


Early in 1967, Boise College prepared to graduate its first four-year class. In March of that year student leaders—led by student body president Jim Cockrell—met with a core group of faculty and alumni in the old Student Union Building (now the Communication Building) to form the Boise College Alumni Association.

With just 12 founding members, the fledgling organization was led by Boise Junior College graduates pending the first round of four-year alumni. Frank Illett, then an adjunct accounting teacher, and Jim Cockrell served as interim co-chairman. Dues were set at $2 per year, or $3 per family. Thomas L. Rhodes was elected the first president.

Through the years the association has supported many areas of growth for the university. From the construction of the Taco Bell Arena (previously the Pavilion) to the founding of the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band, the association is proud to support Boise State.

Much has changed since that first meeting in 1967—a new identity as Boise State University, an alumni center which opened in 2001, and a burgeoning membership roster—but the objectives remain the same. They include efforts to connect, support, and advocate on behalf of alumni and the university.

Thank you to Boise State University Archives for providing the information above. And a bigger thanks to alumni and friends like you who have donated items to the University Archives.

If you have Boise State apparel, memorabilia, photos or clippings, please consider donating. The university accepts donations from alumni, faculty, students, and anyone with materials related to St. Margaret’s, Boise Junior College, Boise College, Boise State College, and Boise State University. Please use our Non-cash Agreement form with a donation.


The Boise State Alumni Association connects, celebrates and engages alumni and friends of the University to build lifelong relationships that support the future of our University.


The Boise State Alumni Association guides alumni and friends to the University, informing and partnering with them to apply their energies and resources toward the future of Boise State University.

Guiding Values

Connect alumni and friends strategically back to the University linking their interests to University needs.

Support students through scholarships and programs that foster a life-long commitment to the University.

Advocate, promote and educate the public concerning the value of investing in Boise State University and higher education in Idaho.

Strategic Initiatives

  • Alumni Center Building Campaign
  • Board Development
  • Membership
  • Chapters and Networks
  • Involvement – Marketing and Events
  • Four Year Student Outreach Program
  • Legacy Scholars
  • Future Alumni Network