President Scott L. Wyatt – B.S., Philosophy, 1987; B.S., Economics (Business), 1987
Scott Wyatt, the former Cache County Attorney, Providence legislator and professor, was named the 16th president of Southern Utah University on Friday. Wyatt, who has served as president of Snow 2007, was chosen after a two-day interview process with three other finalists in Cedar City. The candidates met with constituent groups on Thursday and had interviews with the presidential search committee on Friday. The committee included USU student Erik Mikkelsen and Board of Regents member Teresa Theurer, of Logan. Wyatt succeeds Interim President Richard Kendell. Kendell was named to the position when Michael Benson was appointed president of Eastern Kentucky University in April of this year. “My family and I look forward to joining with the SUU family,” Wyatt said in a prepared statement. “The university has an incredible history and great future, and we are thrilled to be part of it. I am very excited to engage with SUU students, faculty, staff, and community members to build on the university’s strengths, and chart a visionary future together.” Mikkelsen called Wyatt “warm, approachable and student-friendly.” Wyatt has led Snow College in fundraising, growth initiatives and strategic planning, including approval of its first four-year degree program, construction of the Karen H. Huntsman Library and a new 400-bed student-housing complex, according to the Utah System of Higher Education. His administration has raised more money for the college over the last six years than at any time in its history. Prior to his appointment as president of Snow College, Wyatt was a partner in the Logan law firm Daines & Wyatt LLP and served in the Utah Legislature for two terms, where he was a member of the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee.