Paul Thompson became the 17th president of Weber in 1990, shortly before the school became Weber State University on January 1, 1991.
Thompson was born and raised in Warren, Utah, a small town west of Ogden. He attended Weber State in 1957-58, and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in 1964. He attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he earned a master’s degree and then a doctorate degree in 1969.
Prior to becoming president of Weber State, Thompson was Vice President of Development and University Relations at Brigham Young University. He was the dean of the Marriott School of Management at BYU from 1984-89.
While president, Thompson also held many important roles in the community, serving as vice chairman of the Governor’s Economic Development Board and as a member of numerous advisory boards.
During his tenure, Thompson dealt with budget woes and a troubled athletic program that garnered national attention. He led WSU through a time of significant growth, attracted new endowments and oversaw many building and infrastructure improvements on campus.
Thompson also was committed to building positive relationships between the university and its surrounding communities, along with finding ways to meet their educational needs. These efforts including laying the foundation for the permanent Weber State University Davis campus in Layton.