Boise State’s Professor of the Practice program identifies talented and accomplished business, scientific and artistic leaders from around the country and beyond and invites them to bring world-class experience and excitement to Boise State students.
Karl Knapp, a Boise State alumnus, is a partner at PJT Partners, a global investment bank, based in New York. Knapp has nearly 30 years of experience working in the financial services sector.
Stevens is a historian and the principal and president of Stevens Historical Research Associates in Boise who models both the spirit of entrepreneurship and the relevance of bringing historical expertise to public and policy matters.
Yates is executive director of DC International Advisory, a global advisory firm, and appears regularly on think-tank panels and national media interviews. He previously served at the White House as Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs under Vice President Dick Cheney.
At 26, Victor was the youngest artist to have a sculpture in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol. Nine years later he had two works in Statuary Hall. He recently unveiled a 9-foot bronze statue of former Micron Technology CEO Steve Appleton in the courtyard at the Micron Business and Economics Building.
Poised to contribute his Intuit expertise to the new College of Innovation and Design, dean Gordon Jones says “Diego has been at the forefront of fusing design thinking with the practice of innovation. His expertise combined with Boise State’s efforts to innovate is a powerful combination.”
NASA Astronaut Steve Swanson lived and worked on board the International Space Station (ISS) for six months, predominantly as commander. Before launch, he connected with an interdisciplinary team of Boise State students called “Space Broncos” and held a live downlink to Boise State from the ISS in May 2014.
Best known for his syndicated sports cartoon “In the Bleachers” and his animated film “Open Season,” Steve Moore has both taught a class and lectured at Boise State. Moore began his career by working as a journalist. “In the Bleachers” was syndicated in 1985, the same year he began writing for the Los Angeles Times, where he worked his way up to executive news editor and was part of two reporting teams that won Pulitzer Prizes.
Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, rose through the ranks of the company and now shares top leadership with Whole Foods co-founder and co-CEO John Mackey. The company employs more than 78,000 people in more than 360 stores across the UK, Canada and the United States — including in downtown Boise. Robb shared his experiences with Boise State faculty and students as part of the College of Business and Economics Speaker Series.
A more than four-decade veteran of the film industry best known for his Academy Award-winning “The Flight of the Gossamer Condor,” as part of Gossamer Condor Shedd he has produced 33 educational and science films, including a special movie many Boiseans may remember called “Star Waiters” about how a Make-a-Wish project brought the community together. He regularly teaches a class at Boise State on the film producer’s role.