The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is pleased to announce Dr. Kimberly Henrie has joined the GOED team as the new deputy director and chief operating officer.

As deputy director, Henrie assists GOED’s recently appointed executive director, Val Hale, in the administration of the agency in the creation, growth and recruitment of business, tourism and film in the State of Utah.

“With her extensive background in budgeting and planning, higher education and industry, as well as her experience with the legislature, Dr. Henrie will contribute greatly to the administrative efforts of GOED,” Hale said. “Dr. Henrie is coming in at an exciting time for the state, a time where the economy is strong and businesses are recognizing that Utah is the right place to expand their businesses. I am confident she will help lead Utah on continued upward economic growth.”

Before joining GOED, Dr. Henrie served as the assistant vice president of Budget Services and Financial Planning at Salt Lake Community College, where she oversaw the administration of the college’s operational budget, which included monitoring legislative budget-related actions. Prior to her tenure at Salt Lake Community College, Henrie served as the assistant commissioner for Budget and Planning for the Utah System of Higher Education.

Henrie worked in manufacturing semiconductors and outdoor recreation equipment and co-owns and oversees financial operations of a small, local construction company and photography company with her husband.

Henrie received her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. She also studied at Westminster College where she received her Bachelors of Arts in International Business and an MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources and Organizational Development.

Henrie replaces Sophia DiCaro as deputy director. DiCaro left GOED to give her full attention to her campaign for the Utah House of Representatives, District 31.