Discovery Center director leaving for job in Washington state

Statesman staffJuly 2, 2013 

Discovery Center of Idaho director Janine Boire is leaving DCI to take over the Port Townsend Marine Science Center in Washington state. Boire took over DCI in 2004 and helped strengthen its programming and stabilized its finances over the past 10 years.

“There aren’t a lot of places I would leave DCI and Boise to go to, but this is an absolutely perfect fit for me,” she said. “I will be leading an informal science center that is literally on the water, be able to use my international policy experience, work on conservation issues and be closer to family.”

Boire grew up in the Seattle area. She started at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center as a teenage intern and continued there for 12 years. In the 1990s, she helped found ¡Explora! science center in Albuquerque, N.M., then became its executive director. She founded the U.S. division of LEAD International, an organization that works to build a global network of leaders who work toward sustainable development while in Princeton, New Jersey.

DCI launched a national search for her replacement this week. Boire begins her new position Aug. 1.

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