Utah State University Presidential Search Committee members announced

The Board of Regents Chair Daniel Campbell has named a 25-member committee to conduct a national search for the next president of Utah State University. Utah State University President Stan Albrecht announced his retirement February 3, 2016, and will remain in office until a new president of USU is named.

Regent Teresa Theurer will chair the committee, which is comprised of representatives from the Board of Regents, trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni of USU, as well as community members from Logan and various locations throughout the state served by USU.

“When appointing the USU presidential search committee, it was critical to represent the unique mission and statewide reach of USU,” said Chair of the Board of Regents, Daniel Campbell. “This committee plays a central role in the search for USU’s next president, and we appreciate the willingness of these committee members to lend their expertise and time to this important process.”

USU President Stan Albrecht said, “I appreciate that Chair Campbell has appointed a strong committee, and I am confident the committee will utilize their substantial knowledge and experience as part of this important process for the benefit of Utah State University.”

The USU presidential search committee will hold several public meetings to obtain input from members of the USU community and the general public on the presidential search. (A schedule of these meetings will be released in early April.) Based on this feedback, the committee will approve a position description and call for nominations and applications. The committee will then screen applications for the position and conduct interviews with candidates. After deliberating, the committee will recommend finalists to the Board of Regents.

Below is a complete list of the USU presidential search committee members:

USU Presidential Search Committee

Board of Regents

  • Teresa Theurer: Regent, Search Committee Chair
  • Marlin Jensen: Regent
  • Patricia Jones: Regent
  • Mark Stoddard: Regent

USU Board of Trustees

  • Ron Jibson: Trustee Chair, Search Committee Vice Chair
  • Scott Watterson: Trustee Vice Chair
  • Jody Burnett: Trustee
  • Ashley Waddoups: USU Student Body President

USU Administration, Faculty and Staff

  • David Britt: Associate Professor, Biological Engineering; Teacher of the Year 2015
  • Ronda Callister: Faculty Senate President; Professor, Huntsman School of Business
  • Beth Foley: Dean, Jones College of Education & Human Services
  • Brian Higginbotham: Associate Vice President for Extension
  • Mike King: Associate Professor, Dept. of Wildland Resources at USU-Eastern
  • Jimmy Moore: Assistant Athletic Director for Special Projects
  • John Mortensen: Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services and Retention
  • Gretchen Peacock: Department Chair and Professor, Dept. of Psychology
  • Phill Raich: USU-Eastern Student Body President

Community/Alumni Representatives

  • Kent Alder: Alumnus; retired business executive, former president and CEO of TTM Technologies
  • Rebecca Benally: Commissioner, San Juan County
  • Holly Daines: Logan Municipal Council Member
  • John Ferry: Alumnus; farmer/rancher
  • Dale Lamborn: Superintendent, Rich County School District
  • Jim Laub: President and CEO of Cache Valley Electric
  • Gayle McKeachnie: Attorney, Vernal, Utah; former USU trustee chair, state senator and Lt. Governor
  • Jed Pitcher: Alumnus; retired business executive; former chair of the Board of Regents; former USU trustee chair