Ryan L. Thomas

The president of the College of Eastern Utah announced Monday that he's stepping down, after seven years at the helm.

Ryan L. Thomas cited personal reasons for leaving the school, an institution he steered out of a financial crisis.

"For the past seven years, Ann and I have been honored to be a part of the College of Eastern Utah," Thomas said of himself and his wife. "We are proud to be a part of a community of professionals committed to education and service. However, the time is right for our family to pursue other opportunities."

Thomas came to CEU from Utah Valley State College, where he served in a number of different administrative capacities. He also worked at Brigham Young University and as general counsel for the former Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho.

"It has been a pleasure working with President Thomas over the past several years," said Interim Commissioner of Higher Education Dave Buhler. "He always puts the students first. He is optimistic and instills this vision in those he encounters."