Michael Satz, University of Idaho


University of Idaho
Michael Satz, Executive Officer of SW Idaho

What’s your favorite piece of public art and where in the world is it?

My favorite piece of public art is the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. It evokes such an emotional response about the compassion, selfless service, angst, and pain of the nurses who were largely overlooked, taken for granted and in many cases forgotten.

What’s your go-to book to give a friend?

Patrick O’Brian’s “Master and Commander.”

If you could change one thing about the Treasure Valley, what would it be and why?

If I could change anything it would be to add a commuter train service throughout the region.

What is the one thing about the Treasure Valley you would never change?

The people.

One of our area’s treasures is the outdoors. What’s your favorite thing to do here?

Take walks along the Greenbelt and in the parks with my family.

What makes the Treasure Valley a treasure?

It’s the people. The people in the Treasure Valley are friendly, warm, interesting, smart and very community-oriented. It makes for a great place to live.

What “hidden gems” have you discovered living here?

So many great breweries.

What lasting impression do you hope Together Treasure Valley will have?

A positive impact on our community.

Name one local business leader you most admire, and tell us why.

Skip Oppenheimer. I am just amazed at all of the different endeavors Skip is engaged in with business, community, service and philanthropy. If there were a person that embodied success and giving back to one’s community on every level, it would be Skip.

Together Treasure Valley gave $18,000 to six area libraries. Why was that important to you and to the group? Have you had an “aha moment” in your life when it comes to literacy or education?

Obviously, given my organization, education is central to my identity. I am not only an administrator at the University of Idaho, but a teacher as well. My experience as a teacher has shown me the value of engaging in educational activities that reach out to a large audience. The more people you reach, the higher the chances are that you will provide them with an inspirational moment or give them their own “aha” moment.

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