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Katherine Himes Joins UI as New Director of McClure Center in Boise

June 01, 2017

The University of Idaho is pleased to announce that Katherine Himes has accepted the position of director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research, effective in early September.

Based in Boise, the McClure Center director conducts and oversees nonpartisan, science-based, public policy research that seeks to inform public policy dialogue and engage students in learning about public policy. The director reports to the Office of the President.

“Katherine brings more than a decade of experience as a researcher and policy advisor in academic and governmental settings,” said UI President Chuck Staben. “We are thrilled to have that expertise leading the McClure Center, which for many years has been an outstanding resource for Idaho and a point of pride for our university. I am confident Katherine will take that tradition of excellence to new heights.”

Himes has a doctorate and bachelor’s in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota, as well as an MBA in entrepreneurship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has a strong commitment to public service and has served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science and Technology Policy fellow and Regional Science & Technology advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development to support U.S. foreign policy broadly. Currently, she is a special advisor and adjunct faculty member at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, teaching in the Master of Public Administration program and leading a collegewide strategic initiative on entrepreneurship. She also is a Foreign Policy Interrupted fellow focused on authoring international science policy pieces. Her public service career began in the Provost’s Office at the University of Minnesota.

“I am honored to be appointed director of the McClure Center, and tremendously grateful for the opportunity to guide the center in achieving even greater levels of excellence and impact,” Himes said. “I look forward to serving the state of Idaho, and supporting the public policy process with scientifically-based research.”

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Director, University Communications

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