J. Reuben Clark Jr. Center


The J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Center was originally built in 1939 to serve as an Institute of Religion. The building was a gathering place for both students and the community as it hosted classes, meetings, receptions, parties and dances. In January 1996 the building was gifted from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to Southern Utah University. After a few months of upgrades and renovations the Alumni Relations Office moved into the building in October of 1996. In 2020, the Alumni Relations Office moved to the Hunter Conference and the Clark Center now houses SUU's Community & Professional Development Office. The Clark Building is named after J. Reuben Clark, Jr. who served as the interim principal of the Branch Normal School (BNS) from 1900-1901 and was also a prominent leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. During his tenure as principal, he truly gave both the school and community a glimpse of what the institution could become.


The Clark Center reception room is approximately 1600 square feet. The space is light and airy with large windows and high ceilings. Hardwood floors and a gas fireplace create a warm and intimate setting for any occasion. The room also boasts crown molding, wooden wall panels, and dimmable accent lighting that highlights historic photos of Southern Utah University. Rental of the space includes 52 chairs, 10 rectangle tables, and the use of the prep kitchen. Personal decorations are permitted and catering services can be provided by SUU’s preferred catering service SUU Dining Services.


Reservations may be made by calling (435) 865-8221. A $150 non-refundable room deposit is required to confirm the reservation.


The Clark Center is located on the northeast corner of 300 West and University Boulevard.

From I-15: Take Exit 59. Turn east on 200 North. Turn south (right) on 300 West, proceed two blocks. Parking is available on the east side of the building.