SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah has 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 U.’s vice president for government relations.
University of Utah President David W. Pershing emphasized that the dual role will be a natural fit, as Perry’s work in government relations will allow him to foster new learning opportunities for Hinckley Institute students.
Perry became interim director of the institute in June 2015 following the departure of Kirk Jowers, who left his decade-long leadership post to pursue a career in the private industry.
“Jason’s extensive background in politics and his wealth of knowledge will complement the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ mission to promote political and civic involvement and to engage university students in the political process,” Pershing said in a statement. “At the helm of the institute — an institution with a vast and storied history — Jason’s experience and leadership will help the Hinckley Institute build on past successes while finding new opportunities to advance programming for students and the community at-large.”
The Hinckley Institute of Politics was established in 1965 through the generous bequest of the Noble Foundation and Robert H. Hinckley. The institute observed its 50th anniversary in May 2015 and hosted a record-setting 116 political forums in the past year.
The institute has received international recognition for its transformative opportunities — including a global internship program that operates in 58 nations. Hinckley Institute students rival their Ivy League peers in securing top graduate school placements and national scholarships; they are credited with helping the U. to become one of the top-producers of Truman Scholars in the nation.
Perry became vice president for government relations at the U. in 2011 and is also an adjunct professor at the university’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 Herbert.