OGDEN – Charles "Chuck" Wight has announced Thursday that he plans to step down as president of Weber State University effective June 30 because he is a finalist in other university president searches.
Wight has led Weber State since 2013. He announced his plans to faculty and staff during the January meeting of the WSU Faculty Senate.
According to a university press release, Wight said he loves Weber State, but “the time has come to seek a new adventure."
“Because my candidacy at one of these universities may soon be public, I decided to tell you now, so you can hear it from me rather than from some other source,” Wight said.
He also said Thursday’s announcement will give the Utah State Board of Regents time to launch a search for his successor.
Wight's planned departure means the regents, who oversees state colleges and universities, will have yet another presidential search on their hands.
The next president of the University of Utah is expected to be named Thursday after a nine-month search.
A search is underway for a successor to Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland, who announced in November that he was stepping down to serve as a mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was later announced he will serve in the North Carolina Raleigh Mission.
Wight, a former chemistry professor at the U., is known as WSU’s “scientist president” and has taught throughout his presidency.1 comment on this story
He on occasion conducted scientific demonstrations at WSU events, and he brought the chemistry-themed Faraday Lectures to the university.
In a message to campus, Wight called WSU a “special, even magical, place” and praised faculty and staff for being so committed to its educational mission.
“That mission is bigger than any one of us, but Weber State owes its success to each of you. Regardless of who leads this institution, I know you will continue to make Weber State great, great, great,” the statement said.