LOGAN, Utah — Mark Houser, former Student Programs Manager at the Cato Institute, has joined the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University as the Senior Director of Academic and Student Programs.
In his new role, Houser oversees the center’s student undergraduate and graduate research fellowships and other educational programs for students.
“I’m excited to lead programs that empower students to participate in research that will help to build a society of greater opportunity and prosperity,” said Houser. “These experiences are designed to give students the knowledge and hands-on training they need to excel in their academic, professional, and personal lives. I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of it.”
Houser led the Student Programs department of the Cato Institute for more than four years. In that capacity, he selected and managed nearly 400 interns. In addition to running Cato’s rigorous internship program, he hosted thousands of visiting students, operated seminars, collaborated with student-oriented nonprofit organizations, and handled other aspects of Cato’s student outreach, education, and professional development.
“We are very excited to have Mark on board to lead our academic and student programs,” said Frank Caliendo, Academic Director of the Center for Growth and Opportunity. “His experience running and promoting one of the premier student internship programs in Washington DC will be invaluable for us as our own programs continue to grow and flourish.”
Prior to leading Cato’s Student Programs department, Houser was a research assistant with Cato’s Center for Educational Freedom, where his work focused on issues pertaining to school choice, the cost of higher education, and values-based conflicts in public schools.
He studied international relations at Michigan State University, and completed his degree while interning with Cato’s Defense and Foreign Policy department.
In his free time, Houser said he enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting and hiking, powerlifting, and excellent coffee.
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