UI Taps Salant to Lead McClure Center

Monday, December 9 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho has appointed Priscilla Salant as the interim director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center, beginning in January 2014.

Based at the university’s Boise Center, Salant is the founding director of the Office of Community Partnerships, which supports Idaho communities through research and student projects focused on local priorities. She has led the university’s outreach and engagement efforts since 2006. Darin Saul, currently associate director of the Office of Community Partnerships, will serve as interim director.

“I am pleased to appoint Priscilla Salant to this position,” said Katherine Aiken, interim provost and executive vice president. “She brings a unique set of qualifications, including a strong record of scholarship, relationships with key stakeholders throughout Idaho and a great appreciation of our faculty’s expertise in policy.”

Salant looks forward to stepping into the new position and expand her role in facilitating public policy.

“It is an honor for me to direct the center named for Jim and Louise McClure,” said Salant. “In the words of President George H. W. Bush, they represent the very best of leadership and commitment to public service. The University of Idaho is proud to honor their legacy by providing today’s policy makers with sound, trustworthy research on complex issues facing our state.”

Salant is an affiliate faculty member in the University of Idaho’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. Her research and outreach focuses on rural development, immigration policy, telecommunications, and university engagement. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Arizona and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California.

Salant will succeed Martin L. “Marty” Peterson, who will retire from the University of Idaho for a second time. Peterson served as special assistant to the president for almost 20 years.

“Marty Peterson has provided inspired leadership to the McClure Center,” said Aiken. “Under his direction, the center sponsored two major symposia on federal fiscal issues, featuring national congress members and leaders, and local government and the federal budget. We thank him for his unwavering service and deep knowledge of Idaho politics.”

The James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research provides non-partisan public policy research for Idaho and the region, promotes sustainability, fosters collaborations, improves civic education and increases public dialogue. Research from the center also enhances opportunities for graduate and undergraduate student research and offers faculty opportunities to meld scholarly interests with practical applications to benefit Idaho and the region.

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