Mansfield Center Advisory Board

David BellDavid Bell, Board Chair

President and CEO, ALPS Corporation

Terry WeidnerDr. Terry Weidner, Board Vice-Chair

Professor Emeritus, Political Science; Former Mansfield Center Executive Director


Jon BennionJon Bennion

Government Relations Director, The Washington Companies

Mary ByronMary Byron

Owner, Cloud Nine Quilts; Liaison, Mansfield Foundation Board of Directors

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National Correspondent, Newsy

Paul LaurenDr. Paul Lauren

Regents Professor Emeritus; Founding Director, Mansfield Center

Tom LopachTom Lopach

President and CEO, Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information

Liz MarchiLiz Marchi

Founder, Frontier Angel Fund and Head of Community Engagement, Two Bear Capital

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Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University

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Former Governer of the State of Montana


Joanna R. Shelton

UM Faculty Affiliate in Economics and Nonresident Senior Associate in Economics for the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Dana Toole

Dana Toole

Special Services Bureau Chief at the Montana Department of Justice

Kimberlee Visser

Kimberlee Visser

Designer, Community Advocate, Business Advisor

Bryce Ward

Bryce Ward

Founder of ABMJ Consutling, Research Associate at the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana

Mansfield Fellows

Hayumi Higuchi

Senior Fellow, History of U.S. Race Relations

Personal Summary

Hayumi Higuchi is interested in U. S. history, especially in race relations. After teaching Japanese language courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1980-1990), she returned to Japan and taught U. S. history at Kyoritsu Women’s University (1990-2003) and Senshu University (2003-March 2021). She is currently a professor emeritus at Senshu University. She has written, co-authored, edited, and translated (from English to Japanese) some dozen books in race relations in U. S. history as well as published many journal articles.


Ph.D. Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan

M.A. (U. S. history) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

M. A. (Western culture & history) from Seikei University, Tokyo, Japan

B. A. (American literature) Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, Tokyo, Japan