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Boise State University fills leadership positions

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Andrew Mitzel

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Argia Beristain

Andrew Mitzel has joined Boise State University as director of government relations. Most recently, he served as a senior advisor to Idaho Governor Brad Little. During his tenure, he advised the governor and chief of staff on local, state and national politics; served as a policy advisor assigned to transportation, tax and real estate; reviewed and processed legislative bills with the governor and chief of staff and was charged with overseeing the 2020 Idaho Census Committee.

Prior to his time in the governor’s office, Mitzel served as deputy campaign manager and field director for Little, political director for the Idaho Association of Realtors and staff assistant for U.S. Senator Mike Crapo. He is a two-time Boise State alumnus, receiving a master’s degree in community and regional planning and a bachelor’s degree in history.

Argia Beristain recently took a permanent appointment as Boise State University’s associate vice president for development within the division of university advancement. She started work in that capacity on an interim basis in July 2020. In her interim role, she cultivated major gifts, oversaw major gift officers’ work, led the implementation of the Donor Experience Officer program and represented the Division of University Advancement on Boise State’s strategic plan committee.

Beristain has nearly two decades of fundraising and campaign experience and joined the University Advancement team in 2015. Since starting at Boise State, she has built relationships with some of Boise State’s largest donors, resulting in millions of dollars in gifts to the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and the Honors College. She will continue to manage the university’s frontline fundraising team of college- and unit-based development directors, the Donor Experience Officer Program, the gift planning, and annual giving teams.

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