Jim Weatherby Receives 2019 Stimpson Award For Civic Engagement

Nov 26, 2019

Dr. Jim Weatherby was honored with the City Club of Boise’s 2019 Stimpson Award for his work in promoting civic dialogue and civility in the Treasure Valley. 


Dr. Jim Weatherby and City Club President Jeremy Parkinson
Credit Danielle Trujillo / City Club of Boise

Named after City Club founder Dottie Stimpson and her husband Ed, the award recognizes individuals or organizations that embrace the idea that no problem is so great that it cannot be solved by people with open minds and civil discourse.

 

According to City Club president, Jeremy Parkinson, “The Stimpson Award is a very special honor that City Club of Boise proudly presents to an individual or group of individuals for their efforts in promoting civil discourse and civility. We received many great nominations this year for truly deserving individuals. An advisory council of past presidents and the current board of directors considered the great candidates, but one rose to the top and that was Dr. Jim Weatherby.”

Dr. Weatherby was the director of the Public Policy Center at Boise State University, director of the Social Science Research Center, and an associate professor for the Department of Public Policy and Administration until his retirement in 2006. Dr. Weatherby has long been a member of the City Club of Boise and served as moderator during countless forums and programs.

 

Dr. Weatherby has moderated discussions across party lines- notably between gubernatorial candidates Allred and Otter in 2011, and Secretary of State candidates Denney and Woodings in 2014. Weatherby has provided political analysis to Boiseans via appearances on PBS and KTVB programming, and has been a fixture of the City Club’s “Pundits Forum” for many years, offering wise commentary on local politics. Dr. Weatherby has helped countless Idahoans better understand and participate in dialogue surrounding civic affairs for decades.