OGDEN, Utah – Effective immediately, Victoria Gorrell has shortened her title at Weber State University while maintaining her current workload.
Since October, Gorrell has served as acting vice president for University Relations at WSU. Today WSU’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to remove the word acting from her title and confirmed her as the new vice president of the division. She was selected from a pool of national candidates for the position.
Gorrell succeeds F. Ann Millner who left the position last fall after the Utah Board of Regents named her president of WSU. As vice president, Gorrell oversees the university’s development, communications and alumni relations departments.
Gorrell joined WSU six years ago as associate vice president in charge of the university’s capital campaign and advancement efforts. Prior to joining WSU, she had extensive experience in communications and development at Ohio State University and served as the Director of Development at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia.
“Vicki will bring excellent leadership and communication skills to the position,” said Millner. “She has demonstrated her abilities in managing our successful capital campaign and she knows Weber State University and the community.”
The university’s five-year capital campaign has far exceeded its goal of $75 million. As the campaign approaches its final months, WSU has received more than $87 million in gifts and pledges.
“We talk about the power of one, and it’s really true. Each and every gift has a direct impact on students and the quality of their education,” Gorrell said. “Scholarships, fellowships, gifts for programs and for faculty vitality: alumni and friends invest in the future of our communities when they give to Weber State students.”
Gorrell plans to continue to build connections with the university’s alumni and build lifelong relationships between students and WSU.
“It’s important for our alumni to stay connected to Weber State, both because they enhance opportunities for students and because they, themselves, can continue to benefit from the university,” she said. “Alumni serve as mentors and on campus advisory boards. They provide internships that extend student learning beyond the classroom. And they network with one another to enhance their own lives.
“University Relations shares the success of WSU with many audiences, from prospective students to alumni to community partners to business leaders,” she said. “The relationships we build help strengthen both the university and the community.”