Presidential Searches

Updates on the status of ongoing presidential searches

Presidential searches are the most important responsibility carried out by the Board of Regents, in consultation with the institution’s Board of Trustees.

The search for a new president of an institution within the Utah System of Higher Education can take 8-12 months to complete. What follows is a general overview of the search process:

  1. The Board of Regents names a search committee, which is comprised of representatives from the Board of Regents, trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni of the institution, as well as community
  2. The search committee convenes public constituent meetings, approves position description, and calls for nominations and applications.
  3. The search committee screens candidate applications and conducts interviews.
  4. The search committee deliberates and forwards a list of recommended finalists to the Board of Regents.
  5. The names of finalists are publicly announced.
  6. Finalists meet with campus constituent representatives.
  7. The Board of Regents interviews, selects, and announces the new president.

Utah State University


The Utah State Board of Regents invites nominations and applications for the position of President of Utah State University, Utah’s land-grant institution and one of two research institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education.

Utah State University (USU)–with its main campus located in scenic Logan, Utah–serves nearly 29,000 students who learn from and undertake research with world-renowned faculty. USU’s classrooms extend far beyond the borders of its Logan campus, with regional campuses or extension offices serving every county in Utah, including a comprehensive regional college—USU Eastern. USU students choose from among 168 undergraduate degrees and 143 graduate degrees.  The University generates more than 200 million dollars annually in external research funding and has the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation.  As Utah’s land-grant institution, USU has a mission to serve diverse communities throughout the entire state.

The President is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Regents and works closely with the USU Board of Trustees.  Candidates must have demonstrated success in a leadership role at a land-grant and/or Carnegie research-intensive institution, a distinguished record of intellectual achievement, and excellence in fundraising and fiscal responsibility.  A terminal degree or equivalent is required.

USU has experienced remarkable growth over the last decade. Candidates should highlight experiences showing successful leadership in both fundraising and institutional growth to enhance USU’s national visibility.  Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to advocating for students and fostering diversity. The candidate must effectively communicate his or her vision for USU and expand relationships with stakeholders, including local communities and the Utah Legislature.

Application materials should include a current curriculum vitae and a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements. Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to

The Presidential Search Committee will begin reviewing candidate nominations and applications summer 2016. For more information about the University, visit To learn more about the Utah System of Higher Education, visit

04/13/16 – USU Presidential Search Committee announces public meeting schedule
03/23/16 – USU Presidential Search Committee members announced
02/03/16 – Statement on the retirement of Utah State University President Stan Albrecht

Salt Lake Community College

9/11/14 – Deneece Huftalin named SLCC president.
9/5/14 – Three finalists named in SLCC presidential search.
12/11/13 – Search committee members named.

Dixie State University

7/17/14- Richard Williams named new DSU president.
7/11/14 – Three finalists named in DSU presidential search.
12/13/13 – Search committee members named.

Snow College

12/11/14 – Regents appoint Dr. Gary Carlston as President of Snow College.
12/5/13 – Regents name Gary Carlston as interim president.