Dr. Donna Lybecker is the Acting Vice President for Research at Idaho State University. Lybecker’s academic background includes a PhD in Political Science from Colorado State University and a master of arts in Political Science from Tulane University.
Prior to joining the Office for Research, Lybecker served as the Chair for the Department of Political Science and the Assistant Dean for the Graduate School at ISU. In these roles, Lybecker worked closely with faculty and students to encourage innovative research and creative endeavors.
Lybecker has contributed to research and education within Idaho since 2007. She has focused on interdisciplinary endeavors to connect diverse researchers, business and industry and community members with the aim of addressing issues in emerging areas that impact Idaho, the United States, and global communities. Outside of ISU, Lybecker is a member of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) National Advisory Committee, and a former member of the Board of Directors for southeast Idaho’s Sagebush Steppe Land Trust.