JASON PERRY NAMED DIRECTOR OF THE HINCKLEY INSTITUTE OF POLITICS
On January 15, 2016, the University of Utah named Jason Perry the new director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.
In addition to becoming the venerable institute’s fifth director, Perry will continue to serve as the University of Utah’s vice president for government relations.
“The Hinckley Institute has provided opportunities for students at the University of Utah for more than 50 years. To continue this important work, the institute needs a director who can oversee its programs at the state, national and international levels and provide a vibrant forum for students on campus. Jason Perry is eminently qualified to be the director. He has my full support, and I know he will be a great asset to the university and the community as well,” said Hinckley Chairman Jim Hinckley.
Perry became vice president for government relations at the U in 2011 and is also an adjunct professor at the U’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. Prior to his arrival at the U, Perry served as the chief of staff to Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert, where he helped guide a successful transition team and a landslide victory for the governor in the November 2010 election.
“For anyone involved in Utah politics, whether as a participant, observer, scholar or student, the Hinckley Institute of Politics is the go-to institution for information, analysis and context,” said Perry. “I’ve always admired the work of the Hinckley Institute, and I’ve looked up to previous directors as leaders in such an important area of our lives. Politics matters. The activities of our elected officials and the work of government bodies impacts all Utahns, and I’m honored to be in a position to continue to ensure the next generation of citizens is engaged and informed.”
Perry has also served as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), a cabinet-level position. Appointed in 2006 by former Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Perry oversaw the Business Development Office, the Utah Office of Tourism and the Utah Film Commission. He was instrumental in the recruitment and expansion of companies to Utah such as Amer Sports, Procter & Gamble Co., Disney Interactive Studios, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., and the Hershey Co. He also helped secure filming the series of “High School Musical” films in Utah. During Perry’s time at the helm of GOED, Utah saw national accolades recognizing the state as one of the “Most Business Friendly States,” “Most Dynamic Economy,” and “Best Managed State.”
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