John M. Scowcroft, president of Utah Ventures, has been elected president of the MountainWest Venture Group, an organization founded in 1983 to foster high technology businesses and the venture capital process in Utah. He succeeds Rick Mandahl, who was president for two years.

Other officers are Dale Richards, Utah Power & Light Co., first vice president; David Politis of Politis & Associates, vice president of communications; Peter Genereaux, Executive Resource Group, vice president for membership; Franci Eisenberg, vice president of professional recruiters; and Ron Ockey, an attorney with the law firm of Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough, secretary.From a small membership, the group has grown to 150 members representing 70 companies.