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Robert Tokle

Robert Tokle

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Economics, 1980, University of Wisconsin;
Ph.D. in Economics, 1986, Iowa State University.

Age: 53

Profession: Idaho State University economics professor; has been with the ISU Department of Economics since 1986. As a volunteer, Tokle has been chairman of the ISU Credit Union Board of Directors for 14 years and has been a member of that board for 19 years. He also has served on the ISU Credit Union Asset-Liability Committee for 14 years and on the ISU Center for Economic Education Advisory Board for 22 years.

Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, following Badger (University of Wisconsin) and ISU Bengal football and basketball.

Latest Accomplishment: Tokle was named an ISU Outstanding Researcher in spring 2010. He was honored with ISU Outstanding Public Service Awards in 2004, 2005 and 2008. He received the national Credit Union Times Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007 and was Credit Union Conferences Director of the Year in 2004. Tokle has more than 25 articles published in peer reviewed journals, numerous articles in other publication and has presented at conferences virtually every year since 1987. One of his studies that shows how credit unions make banks more competitive was recently cited more than 40 times in testimonies to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. When he began on the ISU Credit Union Board the credit union had $17 million in assets; now it has more than $100 million.

Why I Do What I Do: I teach and do research because it is a profession I enjoy and look forward to coming to work every day. I volunteer for the ISU Credit Union because I enjoy it and it is a good fit. The Credit Union benefits from my expertise and I get ideas for my teaching and research.

Life Experiences: In spring 1991, I was hit by lightning while teaching math economics in Room 302 of the Business Administration Building. The lightning flattened a tree in front of the building and sounded like dynamite going off. It hit two trees, the building and came in through the window and hit me. I felt a strange tingle and a student in the room said they saw a flash around me. I was taken into the hospital for observation for a few hours. A recounting of the story is on page 288 of "Idaho State University A Centennial Chronicle."

ISU Experience: In comparison to many state universities, one advantage here is that we have had typically smaller classes that are also more likely to be taught by faculty. This serves the students well.



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