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Larson to Take Helm at SUU’s Leavitt Center

Published: May 19, 2008 | Category: Administration

Southern Utah University is excited to announce the addition of a new face to campus. Douglas R. Larson has recently joined SUU as the Executive Director of the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service.

Larson comes to SUU from the Salt Lake law firm of Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar, where his practice has focused on education law, labor and employment law, administrative law and commercial litigation.

At SUU, Larson will assist students from all disciplines across the campus to become engaged in politics and public service. He will also educate students about, and expand student interest in, our democratic system.

According to SUU’s Vice President of University Advancement Stuart Jones, Larson brings the right balance of real-world political experience and academic exposure, stating, “I am confident Larson will be both successful and creative in his efforts to engage students and grow the Center.”

The Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service was created in 1998 to help students become more critically-thinking and active citizens. A non-partisan organization, the Center for Politics is well-established as a place for students to get involved by applying the things they’re learning about in their classes within their own communities.

This appointment as executive director marks a return to academics for Larson, who before joining the legal profession in 2003, worked for several years as a public educator.

Larson earned his juris doctorate from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and holds a master’s degree in education from Columbia University, Teacher’s College and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Utah.

He has served on various professional and academic advisory committees as both a professional and student, and brings with him a rich history in service that will serve as a strong example to students.

Larson and his wife Sunny will be joining the Cedar City community with their three children, Ali, Nate and Matt.

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