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The head of higher education for the Legislative Analyst's Office is taking a new job at California State University, Sacramento.

Steve Boilard, who has been with the LAO for 14 years, was named the director of Sac State's Center for California Studies, which runs the Capital Fellows Program that places college graduates in the Legislature, executive branch and courts. The Center also runs the LegiSchool Project that runs programs to engage high school students in public policy.

Boilard begins his new post Sept. 10.

"I've long had an interest in governance, in particular the relationship of the citizens to the government," Boilard said in a statement. "I think it needs a lot of attention, and the center can help provide that."

Sacramento State officials praised Boilard's combination of experience in both government and academia. Before joining the LAO, Boilard was an assistant professor at Western Kentucky University, an instructor at UC Santa Barbara, and a policy analyst with the California Department of Housing and Community Development. He has a PhD in political science from UC Santa Barbara and a masters degree in government from Sacramento State.

Boilard fills the position previously held by Tim Hodson, who died in October of last year.



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