Utah Board of Higher Education
Virtual Conference via Zoom
Friday, September 8, 2023
Committee of the Whole
Board Members Present Board Members Absent
Javier Chavez, Jr. Sharon Eubank
Jon Cox Aaron Skonnard
Amanda Covington Cydni Tetro
Tina Marriott Larson
Office of the Commissioner
Geoff Landward, Deputy Commissioner and Government Relations Director
Nate Talley, Deputy Commissioner and CFO
Alison Adams-Perlac, General Counsel
Trisha Dugovic, Director of Communication
Brynn Fronk, Executive Assistant to the Utah Board of Higher Education
Julie Hartley, Associate Commissioner of Academic Education
Vic Hockett, Associate Commissioner of Talent Ready Utah
Lais Martinez, Assistant Commissioner for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist
Jefferson Moss, Innovation District at The Point Project Director
Melissa Van Hien, Office Manager / Executive Assistant to the Commissioner
Scott Wyatt, Senior Executive Director of Statewide Online Education
Michiel Bostick, Vice President of Instructional Services, Uintah Basin Technical College
Jeff Lund, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Davis Technical College
Chris Nelson, Chief University Relations Office and Secretary to the University, University of Utah
Patricia Walker, Vice President of Students Services and Marketing, Tooele Technical College
Institutional Presidents Present
Mindy Benson, Southern Utah University Brad Mortensen, Weber State University
Clay Christensen, Mountainland Technical College Jordan Rushton, Dixie Technical College
Elizabeth Cantwell, Utah State University Jim Taggart, Ogden-Weber Technical College
Chad Campbell, Bridgerland Technical College Astrid Tuminez, Utah Valley University
Deneece Huftalin, Salt Lake Community College Richard Williams, Utah Tech University
Stacee McIff, Snow College Brennan Wood, Southwest Technical College
Chair Covington called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.
Committee of the Whole
Chair Covington announced the members of the Board Executive Committee as Chair Covington, Vice Chair Neeleman, and Board member Javier Chavez Jr. At the request of the Chair, Deputy Commissioner Landward updated the group on Scott Wyatt’s contract with the System. Scott will work on the following areas: three-year bachelor’s degrees, onboarding higher education students in their first six weeks, disaggregating bachelor’s degrees, and higher education degrees awarded by third parties. This was an information item; no action was taken.
Roundtable Discussion with USHE Presidents
Chair Covington asked each president to discuss the opportunities and challenges at their institution. The following topics were areas of the most concern/interest among the presidents:
This was an information item only; no action was taken.
Board member Larson moved to adjourn. Board member Cox seconded the motion. The Board members in attendance voted unanimously in favor. The motion passed.
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Geoffrey Landward, Secretary
Date Approved: November 3, 2023
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