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Mitt Romney Visits Students at SUU

Published: February 23, 2018 | Category: Academics

Mitt Romney at SUUOn Thursday, February 22, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney made a quick stop to visit with students at Southern Utah University. Through the power of social media and word of mouth, the campus heard about Romney’s visit in less than twenty-four hours. Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff waited to greet Romney and have their photos taken with the former presidential candidate.  

“It’s really exciting to be hosting Governor Romney,” said Mary Bennett, director of the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service. “Student’s can’t quite believe it. They started lining up hours before the event.”

"I think it's great that he's coming to rural Utah,” said Kenten Pope, a graduate student in the Masters of Communication Program. “I've grown up in rural Utah my entire life, and I think it's great he's reaching out and getting to know students from this area.”

Just seven days ago, Romney announced his run for the U.S. Senate. He’s now on the campaign trail, visiting every county in Utah asking for support. Through SUU’s active political student body and relationships with government officials, the University was able to arrange the visit.

Ryan Robinson, the Iron County Field Representative for the Romney campaign, as well as members of the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service collaborated to ensure an organized, efficient event. The Leavitt Center is an interdisciplinary hub for leadership opportunities, experiential learning, civic education, humanitarian service, and public policy research. This non-partisan center works to disseminate political information and spark debate about the ever-changing world of politics and the issues that have an impact on the people of Utah and our nation.

Contact Information:

Nikki Koontz
nikkikoontz@suu.edu