Fellow:Nick Varney

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Nick is a University Innovation Candidate and a senior studying History Education at Utah Valley University. Early on, Nick discovered his passions for education and public policy, and these passions have led him to be involved in a number of projects. When he was in high school, he founded and ran a free academic credit recovery program at his school. After graduating and enrolling at Utah Valley, he worked for the federal education grant GEAR UP where he tutored and mentored over one hundred low income high school students throughout Utah County. During the 2016 Legislative Session, he served as the legislative intern for the State Superintendent’s Office and the State Board of Education. In this capacity, he conducted policy analysis and research for the Board, tracked legislation for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and designed the Legislative Session in Review presentation for education stakeholders throughout the state. 

In 2017 Nick was invited to shadow the education policy staff at the National Governor’s Association as a Program Scholar. During his time with the NGA, he conducted education policy research with the NGA Center for Best Practices and gained a detailed knowledge of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Common Core. Nick's current projects include competing in the Oxford Map the System Social Innovation Challenge, working as the Presidential Intern to the Vice President of University Relations at Utah Valley University, and serving as the Associate Director of the Center of Innovation in Education Task Force. In this capacity he is working closely with members of the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah State Legislature, and Utah Education Policy Center to create a Utah Center of Innovation in Education.