Hunt Institute Foundation Board Appoints New Members

Durham, N.C. – The Hunt Institute Foundation Board of Directors elected two new members to its board. The new appointments are Jamie Woodson, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SCORE and Kelly Brownell, Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

“We are very pleased to have Jamie and Kelly on our Board. These visionary leaders have shown decades of exceptional and unwavering commitment to education in America,” said Governor Jim Hunt, Chairman of the Board. “Their wealth of expertise, insight and guidance will be invaluable as the Institute continues to move forward in driving educational improvements.”

Jamie Woodson, an inaugural fellow of the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows program, is the executive chairman and chief executive officer of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan advocacy and research institution that drives collaboration on policy and practice to ensure student success across Tennessee and the nation. Woodson has been a leading figure in spearheading Tennessee’s efforts to better prepare students for postsecondary education and the workforce. Prior to SCORE, Woodson served for more than 12 years in the Tennessee General Assembly in both the House and Senate. As Chairman of the Senate Education Committee and later as Senate Speaker Pro Tempore, Woodson was a key leader in efforts to identify and support effective teaching, overhaul Tennessee’s K-12 education funding formula, raise academic standards for Tennessee students, turn around low-performing schools, and expand high-quality public charter schools in Tennessee. She received a Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. 

Kelly Brownell is Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and is a professor of public policy. He also serves on the board of directors of the Duke Global Health Institute. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, Dr. Brownell was at Yale University where he was the James Rowland Angell Professor of Psychology, professor of epidemiology and public health, and director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. While at Yale he served as chair of the department of psychology and as master of Silliman College. Dr. Brownell has published 15 books and more than 350 scientific articles and chapters. He has served as president of several national organizations, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy and the Division of Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Brownell has advised the White House, members of congress, governors, world health and nutrition organizations, and media leaders on issues of nutrition, obesity and public policy. 

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