Davidson hired to lead border research institute

Western Washington University selected David Davidson to be the interim director of the college’s Border Policy Research Institute.

Davidson was associate director of the institute from 2005 to July 2014. He is returning to take over after longtime director Don Alper retires from the university at the end of the year.

“David has been a part of the Border Policy Research Institute from its beginnings and has been a large element in its success over its life,” said Brian Burton, associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Western, in a press release. “His experience both with the BPRI and outside Western, his connections, and his broad knowledge will help ensure the BPRI continues to fulfill its mission to the best extent possible.”

In his 14 years with the research institute, Davidson has conducted field research with students, produced the Institute’s periodical – the Border Policy Brief, and administered day-to-day operations. Before working at Western, Davidson was the city administrator for Sumas a small border town.

“The BPRI is a vital asset to the state of Washington, given the huge boost that Canada provides to the state’s economy. It’s crucial that the BPRI remain productive during this transition period that follows Don Alper’s departure, and I’m honored that Western has entrusted me to keep things moving forward,” Davidson said in the news release.

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