Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Kurt Liebich of Boise to the State Board of Education.
“Kurt is enthusiastic about improving opportunities for Idaho’s youth, and he has demonstrated that commitment as a valued member of my ‘Our Kids, Idaho’s Future’ task force to strengthen public education in Idaho,” Governor Little said. “Kurt has proven he can lead and build consensus with a thoughtful, analytical approach. His extensive experience in education policy and business is a welcome addition to the body that governs Idaho’s public kindergarten through college education system.”
Liebich has served on the boards of numerous educational nonprofit organizations, including Idaho Business for Education, Project Lead the Way, Riverstone International School, and the Lee Pesky Center. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Boise-based RedBuilt LLC and New Wood Resources LLC. RedBuilt is a supplier of engineered structural solutions and New Wood Resources is a veneer and plywood products operation. Liebich also has served on the executive management team for the Weyerhaeuser Corporation, one of the world’s largest integrated forest products companies.
Liebich earned an MBA in General Management from Harvard University and a BA in Economics from Bowdoin College in Maine.
“I’m honored by this opportunity to serve Idaho students,” Liebich said. “Idaho’s public education system – across K-12, career technical education, and our community colleges and universities – is the foundation for Idahoans’ future prosperity. I am excited to continue my work on these important issues, now as a member of the State Board of Education.”
“Kurt and I have served together on two education task forces during the last four years, and I saw first-hand how committed he is to public education at all levels,” State Board of Education President Debbie Critchfield said. “I have also been impressed by his financial expertise and his ability to dig into complex budgets and explain what the numbers mean in simple terms. Kurt is a great addition to the State Board of Education, and I look forward to serving with him.”
Seven of the eight voting members of the State Board of Education are appointed by the Governor for five-year terms. The eighth voting member is the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Liebich fills the vacancy left by outgoing board member Richard Westerberg.