Snow College president among finalists for top job at SUU

Published: Monday, Nov. 18 2013 4:15 p.m. MST

CEDAR CITY — Snow College President Scott Wyatt is among four finalists for the position of president at Southern Utah University, the Utah State Board of Regents announced Monday.

In addition to Wyatt, who has led Snow College since 2007, the finalists are Bradley Cook, SUU provost and executive vice president; Lisa Rossbacher, president of Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia; and Don Capener, dean of the College of Business at Jacksonville University in Florida.

“We have received a great deal of public input over the past few months, and now the Southern Utah University Presidential Search Committee is pleased to advance the names of these four highly qualified finalists,” search committee chairman Mark Stoddard said in a prepared statement.

“The involvement of SUU’s faculty, students and staff, along with the larger community, has been tremendous throughout this search process. We look forward to speaking with these candidates further as the board of regents moves closer to finding a new leader for SUU’s vibrant and highly engaged campus community,” Stoddard said.

The four finalists were selected from a pool of 70 potential candidates following a national search. All four of the finalists will be on the Southern Utah University campus Thursday to meet with representatives of the campus faculty, staff, students and administration. On Friday, the finalists will be interviewed by the board of regents.

Since May, former Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Kendell has served as interim president of SUU. The finalist selected for the position will become the school's 16th president, following Michael Benson, who left the university to serve as president at Eastern Kentucky University.

If Wyatt is selected, he will be the second consecutive Snow College president to transition to the presidency of Southern Utah University, after Benson made a similar shift in 2007.

Snow College has consistently ranked among the top 10 junior colleges in the country during Wyatt's tenure. He also oversaw a successful recruitment and enrollment campaign this year that resulted in the school's numbers growing despite a large loss of students to missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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