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Weber State to open new political institute with event featuring governors

Published: Friday, Oct. 5 2012 11:03 a.m. MDT

OGDEN — Weber State University's new political institute will welcome past and present Utah governors for its inaugural event.

The fete welcoming the Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics and Public Service at WSU will take place Oct. 10 at 11:30 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater.

Gov. Gary Herbert and former Govs. Walker, Mike Leavitt and Norman Bangerter will participate in a panel hosted by KSL Newsradio's Doug Wright.

The Walker Institute aims to promote student leadership, create venues for community involvement and assist in training future leaders.

The institute will provide hands-on training for those seeking public office, identify avenues for community service, stage public events and serve as a center for public discussion of current issues and ideas for political reform, according to a university press release.

Born and raised in Ogden, Walker served the state for 22 years in various capacities, including as the first woman in Utah to hold the offices of governor and lieutenant governor.

“I look forward to vibrant discussions on current political issues where students, faculty and community members come together to solve difficult issues facing all levels of government,” Walker said.

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