Southern Utah University President Scott L Wyatt is leaving Cedar City University to lead online education for Utah’s higher education system.
A search for Wyatt’s successor will begin immediately, and Utah higher education officials are working to identify an interim president. Wyatt will begin the new position of statewide senior executive director of online education on August 15.
Wyatt was elected president of SUU in 2013. Under his leadership, the university has maintained tuition fees for the past three years, increased scholarships, reduced tuition fees, and reduced tuition fees for students. online students. During his tenure, the university launched an online $ 9,000 Bachelor of General Studies program.
During his presidency, enrollment increased from 8,200 to 13,000 students in six years.
In a statement, Wyatt expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve as the 16th president of SUU.
“My wife, Kathy, and I had the best time of our life together at Cedar City working alongside our faculty and colleagues, its wonderful alumni and supporters, community members and, of course, amazing students. by SUU. A part of our hearts will stay in Cedar City forever; we will remain supporters of the university for the rest of our lives, ”he said.
In addition to enrollment growth, the university’s retention and graduation rates increased during Wyatt’s tenure. He led the university in developing the dual enrollment partnership with Southwest Technical College, initiated three-year bachelor’s degree programs, and registered the SUU trademark under the University of Parks name.
“President Wyatt has led Southern Utah University to many outstanding accomplishments during his eight years as President,” said Dave R. Woolstenhulme, Utah Higher Education Commissioner.
“In the past two years alone, Wyatt has seen SUU advance in its online programming, further doubling its online offering. While he will be missed by the entire SUU community, we are excited to continue our work together in his new role as Senior Executive Director of Statewide Online Education – a position the results of which will lead to success. improve the entire Utah higher education system.
Rich Christiansen, chairman of the school board, said Wyatt and his leadership team ushered in a remarkable period of innovation and growth at the university, focusing on “affordability, accessibility and inclusion without sacrificing quality ”.
“President Wyatt has been instrumental in improving the campus environment and establishing a strong vision for the future. He will be deeply missed at SUU, but we are excited to see the impact he will have on state level online education, ”he said.
Prior to his appointment as President of SUU, Wyatt served as President of Snow College. He also served in the Utah House of Representatives as the elected prosecutor of Cache County. He was also a partner at the law firm Logan Daines, Wyatt & Jenkins LLP.
He received a law degree from SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University, with a double major in philosophy and economics.