It has been an absolute joy to serve as the Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics for the past 10 years. My most enduring memories will be of the incredible people involved with this great institute: first and foremost, the thousands of students who have served our internships, attended our classes, and participated in our programs; second, the Hinckley family, which includes not only Jim and Lyn Hinckley, but also my Hinckley colleagues and many Hinckley supporters who are devoted to student empowerment, civic engagement, public service, and intellectual fulfillment; and finally, the hundreds of speakers who have so generously given of their time to share their expertise, passion, and good will.
Together, we have led the Hinckley Institute through a remarkable decade of progress. We have paved the way for the Price International Center—the new home for the Hinckley Institute, strengthened the existing Hinckley programs, built a strong and enduring financial base, and increased by several fold the number of students participating in Hinckley offerings while also expanding the opportunities to students of all incomes and majors.
We have founded or co-founded many new programs and scholarships including an international internship program that operates in 58 countries, Real Women Run, the Sam Rich Lecture Series, the Siciliano Forum "Future Of" Series, the Outstanding Professor Lecture Series, HIP Talks, the Wayne Owens Fund programming and scholarships, foreign student internship placement and housing with Hinckley interns, and grant funded research projects on topics ranging from prison reform to improving election systems.
Most significantly, we have proven that University of Utah alumni can compete with students anywhere as is demonstrated by the Hinckley Institute producing more consecutive Truman Scholars than any other U.S. program in the nation over the past eight years and our students routinely securing placement at the top graduate schools in the country.
Furthermore, I am grateful that the U has allowed me the privilege of representing it in additional capacities throughout this past decade, including as Director of Federal Relations, Chief Strategist for the Office of Global Engagement, Co-interim Director of the Middle East Center, and on more than a dozen boards and search committees. Needless to say, I have never been bored during these happy years at the U.
Accordingly, it is after a great deal of contemplation that I have made the decision to accept the position of Vice President of Corporate Relations at doTERRA International. doTERRA is an extraordinary company that will allow me to focus my passions and interests in a new setting. I look forward to embarking on this next chapter of my life.
I have notified University of Utah President David Pershing and Hinckley Institute Chair Jim Hinckley that I am resigning my positions at the U effective June 30, 2015. I am thrilled that they have chosen Jason Perry to serve as interim director of the Hinckley Institute. I heartily endorse Jason and know that together we can ensure a smooth transition that upholds the University’s and Hinckley Institute’s profound legacies.
Kirk L. Jowers
Hinckley Institute Director
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