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Upcoming Guests on Solutions for Higher Education with President Scott L Wyatt

Published: January 23, 2019 | Author: Lexi Carter | Category: Academics

President Scott Wyatt talking to a guest on his podcastWith over 40 episodes produced, the Solutions for Higher Education with President Scott L Wyatt podcast provides a meaningful and insightful dialogue with varying topics such as free speech on college campuses, the MLK legacy and student debt. In the next three months, episodes will focus on innovation across all industries and how that ingenuity and strategy can be applied to higher education.

Hosted by Southern Utah University President Scott L Wyatt and Dr. Steve Meredith, Assistant to the President for Institutional Effectiveness, the goal of the podcast is to break down critical subjects into an easy-to-understand conversation, often using the expertise of industry leaders to illustrate each topic.

“As academic leaders, we talk a great deal about innovation, and we try to encourage creative and innovative thinking among the faculty, staff and students,” said Meredith. “But it is also very easy to get discouraged by the barriers to innovation that are inherent in higher education. So, for this set of podcasts, we searched for guests that we felt could help us see past those barriers, and make suggestions for positive, innovative change.” 

Upcoming podcast topics within this innovation series include a discussion on the current state and future of accreditation with Diane Auer-Jones, Chief Deputy Undersecretary for the Department of Education, competency-based education with, Western Governors University’s President Scott Pulsipher, new business models for higher education with The Chronicle for Higher Education’s Senior Writer Scott Carlson, and innovation as a driver of growth with Arizona State University’s Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Sethuraman (Panch) Panchanathan.

“We purposely chose guests with a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise from the areas of education, government, business, journalism, science and the arts,” said Meredith. “Our goal with these podcasts is to see what others are doing (or have done) to overcome obstacles to creative thinking, and have them share with us the innovative solutions to barriers they have faced.”

Two episodes have already been released from the series, including:

Wyatt is a leader in higher education specializing in creating transformative learning experiences and achieving high-quality outcomes. As the 16th president of SUU, he has led the university in student enrollment growth, launched the University of the Parks initiative, opened a new veterans center, started a center for diversity and inclusion, and overseen the construction or acquisition of more than $60 million worth of capital improvement projects.

Prior to his appointment at SUU, Wyatt served as president of Snow College, in Ephraim, Utah. He was also a member of the Utah House of Representatives and was a partner in the Logan, Utah law firm, Daines, Wyatt & Jenkins, LLP. His legal work focused on prosecuting homicide, domestic violence, and sexual violence cases, along with leading victim services and educational programs.

Wyatt earned a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, with a dual major in philosophy and economics. His J.D. is from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.

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