Bonnie Jean Beesley
Salt Lake City, appointed 2003. Ms. Beesley also served as vice chair from 2006 to 2012 and as chair since 2012. She is also chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). She served on the Salt Lake Community College board of trustees for seven years, including five years as chair. A graduate of the University of Utah, Ms. Beesley is the president of Heritage Holding Corporation and active in other business and community organizations. Ms. Beesley and her husband, Brent, have seven children and ten grandchildren.
Daniel W. Campbell
Provo, appointed 2010. Mr. Campbell is a managing general partner at EsNet Group, a privately held investment company. Prior to his current position, he was the senior vice president and chief financial officer of WordPerfect Corporation. Mr. Campbell has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University. He was a member of Utah Valley University’s Board of Trustees, and is a former chairman of that board. He also serves on the Board of Governors for the Provo School District Foundation and is a national advisory council member for Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management.
MEMBERS (in alphabetic order)
Jesselie Barlow Anderson, Salt Lake City, appointed July 2013. Previously served as Chair of Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees and a member of Westminster College Board of Trustees. She is active in community affairs currently serving on the governing boards of Education First, Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics and Public Service at Weber State University, Success in Education Foundation, University of Utah Hospital and National Advisory Council, Utah Symphony/Utah Opera, and the Waterford School. She is employed by Barlow Corporation. She received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Utah. She and her husband, Scott, have three children and four grandchildren.
Nina Barnes, Cedar City, appointed 2012. Originally from California, Ms. Barnes has served on the Cedar City Council since 2005 and is a Southern Utah Foundation board member. She is an active member of the Cedar City Rotary Club and serves on the Anne & Dixie Leavitt Foundation board, the Veteran Park Steering Committee, the Cedar City Parks and Recreation Committee, and the Cedar City Trails Committee. Ms. Barnes has also served on the SUU Board of Trustees, as the Park Discovery general coordinator, president of the American Children’s Christmas Festival, and was a board member of the SUU Master Plan Steering Committee. She is a recipient of the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year award. Ms. Barnes holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University.
Keith Buswell (Non-Voting Member) Ogden, appointed 2011. Mr. Buswell is Vice President of Business Development for Wadman Corporation, a strong regional commercial general contractor. He grew up in Weber County with both farming and railroad roots. Mr. Buswell and his family have also lived in Colorado, Kansas, and Montana. He is married and the father of eight children. Mr. Buswell has been a member of the Utah State School Board since January 2011. He received an Associate’s Degree from Ricks College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University. He is passionate about education at all levels and is a lifelong learner.
Leslie Castle, (Non-Voting Member) Salt Lake City, appointed 2013. Ms. Castle has served as an elected member of the State Board of Education since 2009. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in nursing and from the University of Utah with a degree in Anthropology. Over the past 35 years, Ms. Castle has been employed as a clinical nurse, a medical legal consultant, and a nurse educator. She currently works as a compliance nurse for Intermountain Health Care. Ms. Castle and her husband, Cy, are the parents of three daughters.
Wilford Clyde, Springville, appointed 2011. Mr. Clyde grew up in Springville where he is presently serving as the mayor. He has been involved in the community in many capacities including Chairman of the Utah Manufacturers Association, President of the Utah Chapter of the Associated General Contractors and member of the BYU Construction Management Advisory Committee. Mr. Clyde is the current President and CEO of Clyde Companies, Inc., the parent company of W. W. Clyde and Co., Geneva Rock , Sunroc, and Beehive Insurance. He and his wife Natalie have four daughters and five grandchildren. He enjoys sports, skiing, boating and traveling.
France A. Davis, Salt Lake City, appointed 2008. Pastor Davis is a former member of the SLCC Board of Trustees and has served as pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City since 1974. He holds degrees from the University of California Berkeley, Westminster College, University of Utah, and Northwest Nazarine University. He teaches Communications and Ethnic Studies Courses at the University of Utah. Pastor Davis is the author of several books, including Light in the Midst of Zion and France Davis, An American Story Told. He has received numerous honors for his service, including USU Community Service Award, as well as honorary degrees from the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, and Dixie State College.
James T. Evans (Non-Voting Member), Orem, appointed 2011. Mr. Evans was appointed by the Chair of the Utah College of Technology (UCAT). He is the chief operating officer for Xactware Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of Verisk. Prior to Xactware Jim served as the Mountainland Regional Director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Mr. Evans has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. He currently serves as Mayor of Orem, as a board member of the United Way of Utah County, and on the board of trustees for the Mountainland ATC. He has also served on the Alpine School District Board of Education and the Orem City Council and the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Marlin K. Jensen, Huntsville, appointed 2012. Mr. Jensen has served as a member of the Quorum of the Seventy of the LDS Church since 1989 and received emeritus status in October 2012. He held the position of church historian from 2005 to 2012. He holds a law degree from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University. Prior to becoming a General Authority, Mr. Jensen practiced as an attorney with the firm of Vancott-Bagley and in private practice. Mr. Jensen served as president of the Weber County school board, chair of the Utah State Liquor Control Commission, and chair of the Utah State Fair board. He and his wife of 45 years, Kathleen Bushnell, have eight children and 25 grandchildren.
Robert S. Marquardt, Salt Lake City, appointed 2008. Mr. Marquardt is the president and CEO of Management & Training Corporation and has been a member of the senior management of that firm since 1991. Previously, he served as vice president of marketing and president of Merdian Publishing, a subsidiary of MTC. His public service experience includes membership on several boards and organizations, including the Board of Trustees of Weber State University. Mr. Marquardt holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration and a law degree from the University of Utah.
Erik Mikkelsen (Non-Voting Student Regent), Logan, appointed 2012. Erik is from Bunkerville, Nevada and is currently attending Utah State University where he is pursuing degrees in finance and communication studies. Along with his studies at Utah State Erik has served as student body president, VP of recruitment and president of the Utah Alpha chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and has been part of many other clubs and organizations. After graduating from Utah State, Erik, plans to work for a few years before returning to school to get an MBA.
Jed H. Pitcher, Salt Lake City, appointed 2001. Mr. Pitcher was elected Chair in June 2006 and re-elected in June 2008. He is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of the Regence Group and current Chairman of the Board of Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Utah. Mr. Pitcher is a graduate of Utah State University and served as Chair of the Utah State University Board of Trustees from 1995-1999. He serves on several local corporate boards and is very active in community affairs.
Robert W. Prince, DDS, St. George, appointed 2011. Dr. Prince holds degrees from Dixie College and the University of Southern California. He is in the private practice of orthodontics with offices in St. George and Beaver. He is past president of the Utah Association of Orthodontists and currently serves on the Council on Orthodontic Health Care for the American Association of Orthodontists. He is a past board member of the Dixie College Alumni Association.
Harris H. Simmons, Salt Lake city, appointed 2012. Mr. Simmons is the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Zions Bancorporation. Simmons received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Utah and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Active in community and industry affairs, Simmons has served as chairman or president of Utah Symphony; Utah Foundation; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Campaign and Economic Development Corporation of Utah. He is president of the Shelter-the-Homeless Committee, and he serves on the boards of Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Youth Village and the Great Salt Lake Council of The Boy Scouts of America.
Mark Stoddard, Nephi, appointed 2011. Mr. Stoddard is currently the President of CEO of Central Valley Medical Center in Nephi and is Chairman of the Rural Health Group, Chairman of the Rural Health Foundation, and President of Rural Health Management Corporation. Regent Stoddard graduated from Snow College in 1978 with an Associate of Science degree in Business Management, followed by a Bachelor of Science from Utah State University and a Master of Business Administration from Brigham Young University. Since then, he has had a desire to give back to the institution that gave him so much. In 1988, Stoddard became the Snow College Alumni President, a post he held until 1992. He served on the Snow College Board of Trustees from 1989-2001, and has been the Snow College Foundation Chairman since 2002.
Teresa L. Theurer, Logan, appointed 2008. Ms. Theurer currently serves as a member of the State of Utah Tobacco Prevention Control Program Advisory Board and a member of the Bridgerland Literacy Board. She served eight years as an elected member of the State Board of Education. She also served on the Utah Medical Education Council, the Utah High School Activities Association Board of Trustees, the Utah College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees, the Bridgerland Applied Technology College Advisory Board, and the Edith Bowen Laboratory School Advisory Council. She graduated from Weber State University with an Associate Degree in Nursing and is currently pursuing a General Studies degree at Utah State University. Ms. Theurer and her husband, Scott, have four children and eight grandchildren.
Joyce Valdez, Salt Lake City, appointed 2013. Ms. Valdez is a Community Liaison in the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office. She was previously employed as the marketing coordinator for the Skills Center at Salt Lake Community College. Community involvement has been a passion for Ms. Valdez and she has served on numerous national, state, and local, boards and committees. She completed a four year term on the University of Utah, Board of Trustees and represented the Trustees on the KUED Advisory Board, Athletic Advisory Committee and the Red Butte Garden Arboretum Advisory Board. She recently served on the Salt Lake Community College School of Applied Technology Advisory Board including the SAT Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, and SLCC Grand Theatre Advisory Board. Ms. Valdez was born in Bingham Canyon, Utah and grew up in Midvale. She graduated from HillcrestHigh School and has a degree in Sociology from the University of Utah.
John H. Zenger, Midway, appointed 2007. Dr. Zenger is the co-founder of Zenger Folkman, a consulting firm that develops leaders and improves institutional effectiveness. Jack served as a trustee of UVSC from 1997 to 2003 and as its chair from 2003 to 2005. He serves on the boards of several private firms, charitable organizations and community foundations. He received a doctorate in business administration from USC.