MOSCOW, Idaho -- University of Idaho President Dr. Chuck Staben delivered his first State of the University Address Monday afternoon.

Staben said the University's top priorities are enrollment and salary competitiveness, and he advocated for a four percent increase. The school's finances were also discussed. Staben said the University of Idaho contributes nearly a billion dollars a year to the state. He also mentioned a recent study that shows U of I grads are tops in the state when it comes to salaries in the workforce.

"According to, University of Idaho grads earn higher starting salaries and much higher mid-career salaries then graduates of any other university in Idaho and do very well on a national level," said President Staben. Staben said that spending on research has increased to nearly $100 million a year.