Making Good in Idaho business, government and nonprofits

Job changes, new hires, achievements, good deeds and recognition. © 2013 Idaho StatesmanSeptember 10, 2013 


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Donald Murray is the director of development for the science and engineering programs at Boise State University’s Division of University Advancement. He assumed his new position July 29.

Murray leads the university’s effort to identify and cultivate prospective and current major donors for the College of Engineering and the science departments of the College of Arts and Sciences. He works to raise philanthropic contributions from individuals, corporations and charitable foundations.

His position is key to Boise State’s growing focus on building its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Before coming to Boise State, Murray served as the development director for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah State University, channel sales manager for UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement, and vice president for sales and marketing for United Healthcare Commercial. Between 1992 and 2001, he also has worked at Hewlett-Packard in Boise in a variety of marketing and alliance-management roles.

Kelly Edginton has been named head of school and Scott Miller has been named principal at Idaho Virtual Academy.

Edginton has been with the full-time, online public charter school since its first year in 2002. Since then, Edginton has had varied experiences at the academy, working on many aspects of the academic and administrative program before taking the head-of-school role to oversee thousands of K-through-12 online students statewide.

After starting as one of the original online educators at the school, Edginton became lead teacher for grades K-8, training and supporting the other Idaho-credentialed teachers at the school. In 2004, she became IDVA’s elementary principal and then high school principal. She later transitioned to director of academic services.

Edginton previously worked from Rigby, and is relocating to Caldwell near the school’s main office.

Miller, formerly the Principal at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls, will oversee the academics and administration of the academy’s full-time high school students across Idaho.

Idaho Virtual Academy is a tuition-free, online public school available to all K-12 students in Idaho. Students go to school full time, using the K12 online curriculum. Idaho-credentialed teachers provide an individualized learning experience, offering instruction and support, one-on-one guidance, and regular interaction with students and parents via an online classroom, email, telephone and face-to-face meetings.


Mark Davidson has joined Trout Unlimited as the new director of the Idaho Water Project. Based in Hailey, he will oversee collaborative projects throughout Idaho that encourage smart water management and meet diverse needs, from agriculture and industry to fish and wildlife resources.

Davidson has worked for more than a decade for The Nature Conservancy’s Hailey office. In the first few years at the conservancy he managed the Silver Creek Preserve. Since 2003, as senior conservation manager for central Idaho, he has been involved with numerous land and water transactions, including restoration projects in the Upper Salmon River.

An Idaho native who grew up on a small farm on the Snake River Plain, Davidson has worked closely with the ranch and farm community, completing restoration projects that enhance Idaho’s rivers and streams while improving water management and irrigation infrastructure for producers.

“There are tremendous opportunities in Idaho for developing projects that benefit fisheries as well as ranchers and water users,” said Davidson. “I look forward to working with old friends in the agriculture community as well as meeting new ones to find pragmatic solutions.”


Chad Williams, a Boise area commercial insurance agent, has joined the Buck-ner Co. and will head its new office in Boise.

Expanding into the Boise market has been a long-term goal of the Utah-based firm, which has opened two other Idaho offices in recent years.

“Idaho has been such a great market for us,” said Terry Buckner, president and CEO of Buckner Co. “Our eastern Idaho offices have enjoyed exponential growth over the last three years. ”

Williams’ commercial insurance and workers’ compensation clients come from varied industries. He says he particularly enjoys working with clients in the nonprofit and social services sectors, technology companies, manufacturing, and agriculture.

Founded in 1936 in Ogden, Buckner is now headquartered in Salt Lake City. With five offices throughout the West, the firm continues to grow and look for acquisition opportunities.


Keith Jex has been named division partner for Southeast and Southwest Idaho for Hydrotex, a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance lubricants and fuel improvers.

Jex has a background in global logistics and trade in more than 60 countries.

Phil Hardy has joined Strategies 360 as vice president of government affairs and media relations at the company’s Idaho office.

Hardy most recently served as spokesman and district coalitions director for U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador. He also served as communications director on the congressman’s successful freshman campaign. Previously, he was communications director for the Idaho State Senate Majority and was a key aide in the office of Lt. Gov. Brad Little.

Hardy’s public policy oversight with Labrador included natural resources and immigration.

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