Wyatt Opens Tenure as SUU's Sixteenth President

Published: January 13, 2014 | Read Time: 3 minutes

President Scott L Wyatt opened the doors to his new office in Old Main early Monday morning, officially opening his tenure as Southern Utah University's 16th president.

With plans for both a campus forum, on Tuesday, and a community reception, on Wednesday, and on the tails of just moving into the University's President's Residence last Saturday, it is apparent Wyatt is eager to get to work. His new campus community is just as eager to welcome Wyatt, marking a secondary opening, of sorts, to the new year and new semester with a new leader at the helm.

By way of formal introductions, President Wyatt, along with his wife, Kathy, will host a campus forum for all faculty and staff in the Great Hall on Tuesday, January 14, from 3 – 5 p.m., where Wyatt will open the floor to questions from all in attendance. Faculty and staff are encouraged to come with questions, or email comments and questions in advance to WyattListens@suu.edu, to be presented anonymously at the forum.

The forum will also be streamed live by SUTV for those who are unable to attend. It will also be available on YouTube shortly thereafter.

Eager to learn more about the many people and organizations who have supported the University over its 117-year history, the Wyatts will then host a similar introduction for the local community in an open reception on Wednesday, January 14, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., also in the Great Hall. All are welcome.

Wyatt, comes to campus from his former post as president of Snow College, where he served for six years.

President Wyatt led Snow in fundraising, growth initiatives and strategic planning, including approval of its first four-year degree program, construction of the Karen H. Huntsman Library, and a new 400-bed student housing complex. His administration raised more money for the College, over the last six years, than has been raised during any comparable time in the College’s history. He also oversaw the enhancement of the Snow College brand and led the College to a 40% increase in student enrollments over the past five years. He also guided the realignment of Snow’s career and technical education programs to better fit local workforce and economic development needs. During his tenure, Snow College was consistently ranked in the top 10% of two-year colleges in the U.S. by the Aspen Institute and named sixth in the nation for college completion by CNN Money.

Prior to his appointment as president of Snow College, Wyatt was a partner in the Logan law firm Daines & Wyatt, LLP.

Wyatt served in the Utah legislature for two terms, where he was a member of the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee. He also served on the board of trustees for Snow College and Utah State University, and was the student member of the State Board of Regents. He has taught political science, ethics and education law courses.

President Wyatt holds a BS in Philosophy and Economics from Utah State University and a JD from the University of Utah.

The images of the letters in the news graphic that linked to this story come from the following campus locations:
W - The L.S. & Aline W. Skaggs Center for Health and Molecular Sciences
E - The "Thunderbirds" logo on the wall of the dining room in the Student Center
L - The Royden C. Braithwaite Liberal Arts Building
C - The year carving on the face of Old Main, SUU's original structure
O - "Outtakes," a popular snack stop in the Student Center
M - The Adams Memorial Shakespeare Theatre
E - The Founders Monument, often referred to as "Old Sorrel"

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