Christine (Chris) Loucks, Ph.D., is professor emerita from the Department of Economics at Boise State
University. She retired in 2021 after a distinguished academic career having been recognized multiple
times as an outstanding teacher and advisor including being chosen as an honored faculty by several
economics majors selected as Top Ten Scholars and receiving the Golden Apple Award, a recognition
given by the Associated Students of Boise State University to an outstanding advisor. As a former first-
generation college student, Chris is a native Idahoan who recognizes the power of education to transform
lives from her own experience and the experience of family members and her students. In her mind,
education has and continues to be a path to upward income and social mobility in the United States.
While a faculty member at Boise State, Chris had a long record of service. She completed her academic
career with service as a department chair; she served as chair of multiple committees; she served as an
Administrative Intern in the President’s Office as well as serving a term on the Executive Budget
Committee, and very recently, a term on the General Education Committee. She also spent a year as
president of the Faculty Senate. Within the community, Chris has served on the Board of Directors for
Life’s Kitchen and as a committee chair for the Race for the Cure. She currently serves on the Advisory
Boards for both Idaho Voices for Children and the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy. Chris’s choices of
volunteerism are guided by her belief in the value of education, her desire to understand decision-making
and a need to give back to her community.
Before foot surgery, Chris was a life-long runner and reader. She is still a reader but walking and playing
Pickleball have replaced running. She can be found either on the Greenbelt or in the Boise Foothills or on
a neighborhood Pickleball court!