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IHS Board of Directors
Art Pope

(Arlington, VA) – The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) extends its gratitude to Chairman of the Board, Art Pope, as a new chapter unfolds with Ryan Stowers, Executive Director of the Charles Koch Foundation, succeeding him in the role. 

“IHS has benefited tremendously from Art’s counsel as our Board Chairman these past several years,” said Emily Chamlee-Wright, president and CEO of the Institute for Humane Studies. “At a time when the threat of illiberalism is on the rise, on both a national and global scale, Art’s leadership has been invaluable. We are grateful for his guidance and the opportunity to continue his legacy through our work with Ryan.”

Pope, chairman and CEO of Variety Wholesalers and the John William Pope Foundation, is a dedicated champion of IHS’s mission of identifying, supporting, and connecting graduate students and scholars deeply interested in the ideas that underlie free, open, and prosperous societies, and will continue his 35 years of service on the Institute’s board of directors.

As incoming chairman, Ryan Stowers brings decades of organizational and philanthropic leadership experience, including more than 17 years in leadership roles at the Charles Koch Foundation. In addition to serving on the board of the Institute for Humane Studies, Stowers is also a board member for the Bill of Rights Institute, the national advisory board for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, and the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. 

“I’m honored to be expanding my role on the board for the Institute for Humane Studies,” said Stowers. “I have been involved with IHS for over twenty years, since attending my first Summer Seminar event as a graduate student at Utah State University. Never before has the need for the ideas that underlie widespread human progress been more pressing, and IHS is building and bridging the scholarly communities that are finding common-ground, bottom-up solutions to society’s most pressing challenges.”

Ryan Stowers

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