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Jean Henscheid Named Interim Director of McClure Center

February 27, 2017

Jean Henscheid was named interim director of the University of Idaho’s James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research, based in Boise. Her appointment follows the retirement of Priscilla Salant, who has served as the director since 2014.

During her tenure as director, Salant developed the McClure Center’s signature publication, Idaho at a Glance, and has overseen a high volume of research activities with direct impact on Idaho. She conducted research projects on infrastructure funding, rural telecommunications, postsecondary access and the dairy industry. She also led the university’s scholarship on Idaho’s Hispanic population, earning her the Amiga del Año award from the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs in 2015. Salant came to UI in 2000 and has worked in a variety of positions focused on university community engagement.

“I have valued Priscilla’s sincerity and integrity, her desire to seek the truth and use it to help others,” UI President Chuck Staben said.

The McClure Center conducts nonpartisan public policy research, informs public policy dialogue and engages University of Idaho students in learning about public policy making. Consistent with Sen. James McClure’s legacy, the center’s core mission is to serve the public through the application of scientifically based research to the public policy making process.

“Priscilla has been the perfect director for the McClure Center,” Louise McClure said. “Priscilla’s talents and her interest in the center’s mission have built a strong foundation, beyond that for which I could have hoped.”

In 2007, the university recognized the McClures for their strong commitment to UI by renaming the UI Bureau of Public Affairs Research in their honor.

Salant retired in December but has returned in a temporary capacity through mid-March.

Henscheid has worked for UI for 14 years, serving as a faculty member in the College of Education as well as the director of the university’s general education program. She is lead author on the McClure Center’s most recent issue of Idaho at a Glance, “Life Choices of High School Seniors.”

“I appreciate the thoughtful leadership Jean brings to the McClure Center. The center’s good work will continue moving forward as we search for a permanent director,” Staben said. 

The McClure Center will release two major reports in the coming weeks: the “Hispanic Profile Data Book” (fourth edition) and “Community Impacts of Idaho’s Dairy Workforce.” 

The search for a permanent director is underway.

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