By Associated Press - Thursday, April 16, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Well-known political science professor Kirk Jowers is leaving the University of Utah to join a Pleasant Grove-based essential oils company.

Jowers said Thursday that he is leaving his role as director of the university’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and joining doTERRA International as vice president of corporate relations on July 1.

Jowers directed the institute for a decade.

He has been quoted in the media as a professor, gubernatorial adviser and friend of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He’s also been involved in political issues, including a group pushing to reform the state’s caucus system for nominating candidates called Count My Vote.

He briefly considered running for governor in 2009.

The University of Utah officials say Vice President for Government Relations Jason Perry will temporarily take over for Jowers.

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