Former Gov. Butch Otter is taking on a role as an unpaid advisor for Idaho Business For Education.
In his new capacity “of counsel” to IBE, Otter will serve as an honorary member of the organization’s board and advise its leaders frequently, according to a Friday press release. Otter is also expected to speak at IBE evens, sign guest editorials in support of education initiatives and assist with other projects.
IBE leaders said they created the of counsel position exclusively for Otter.
“IBE is pleased that Gov. Otter has accepted this special role for our organization,” IBE President and CEO Rod Gramer said in a written statement. “For the last several years, IBE has worked closely with Gov. Otter on policy issues to strengthen education. Having him accept the of counsel role gives IBE the opportunity to continue benefitting from his experience and insights.”
IBE is a nonprofit education advocacy organization comprising 215 business leaders from across the state.
Otter, a Republican, served three terms as Idaho’s governor, from 2007 to 2019.
“I am so pleased to continue my involvement with Idaho Business for Education,” Otter said in a written statement. “IBE played a critical role in helping me create and implement the education policies of my administration. It assisted me in forming the 2013 K-12 task force that created the first strategic plan for education and the task force on higher education which recommended ways to make postsecondary more accessible and affordable. IBE also played an important role in helping create the College of Western Idaho and the College of Eastern Idaho. I look forward to working with IBE to continue improving the student outcomes in our great state.”