OGDEN, Utah – The Utah State Board of Regents will formally install F. Ann Millner as the 11th president of Weber State University during a ceremony August 18.
The installation will serve as Millner's inauguration, but without all the pomp and circumstance traditionally associated with that kind of event. Historically, inaugurations for university presidents include luncheons and dinners, processionals and special performances to celebrate the new leader, above and beyond the installation ceremony. Often dignitaries and representatives from universities across the country attend to welcome the new leader.
"President Millner recognizes the significance of having the Regents formally confer upon her the responsibilities of her office, yet she feels in light of recent budget constraints a reserved approach is important," said Vicki Gorrell, vice president for University Relations. Gorrell said a similar ceremony occurred in 1991, the last time WSU held an inauguration.
The event will take place at 9:30 a.m., August 18, in the Austad Auditorium of the Val. A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. Following the formal presentation by the Regents, Millner will address the audience of faculty, staff, students and community members. Faculty Senate Chair Michelle Heward and student body president Kyle Poll will also speak.
Nolan Karras, chair of the Board of Regents, praised Millner as the right person to lead WSU at this time.
"She knows the institution and the communities it serves exceedingly well, and she has the ability to pull people and resources together to meet the education and training needs of students and employers," Karras said.
Gorrell said the installation was scheduled for August to coincide with WSU's annual opening of school meetings. The timing allows faculty, staff and students to attend the event, while not disrupting classes, which start August 25.
Commissioner of Higher Education Cecelia Foxley said, "There is no more demanding job in higher education than that of a college or university president. As President of Weber State University, Ann Millner is uniquely prepared to handle the demands of the presidency. She is bright, knowledgeable, works well with others, and is tireless in her efforts to see that Weber keeps its commitments to the people it serves. This rather low-key inauguration, combined with the opening of fall semester, is typical of Ann's leadership style."
Millner, the 11th president and 18th leader in Weber State's history, is the first woman to hold the position. From 1889 to 1919 the school's leaders were called principals. The Board of Regents announced her selection in August 2002 following an extensive national search. She assumed her duties on October 1, 2002. Millner has worked as an educator and administrator at WSU since 1982, including nine years as vice president for University Relations.