The State Board of Regents has selected Dr. F. Ann Millner, currently Vice President for University Relations at Weber State, as the 11th President of Weber State University. The Board voted unanimously Wednesday to name Millner as the new President, at a special meeting held at Weber State University, in Ogden. Dr. Millner will replace Dr. Paul H. Thompson, who is stepping down this year after 12 years as President of Weber State. President Millner will assume her duties on October 1.
The selection of the new President comes after an extensive national search that resulted in consideration of 55 individuals. An 18-member search committee, headed by Regent E. George Mantes, conducted the search. The search committee included representatives of the College’s Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, student-body, and representatives of the community. As part of the search, community meetings were held in May in Ogden and Layton, where the committee received first-hand public input on the criteria to be used in selecting a new President.
“In selecting a president of Weber State University we looked for someone to who could lead a university that serves over 17,000 students and who would also be seen as a community leader for Northern Utah, ” stated search committee chair, Regent George Mantes. “We had terrific people to choose from and feel confident that in selecting Dr. Millner we have found the right person to fill both of these important roles.”
In announcing President Millner’s appointment, Board of Regents Chair Nolan E. Karras said, “Weber State University is known for its quality programs and faculty, fitting the needs of Northern Utah in providing opportunities ranging from applied technology certificate programs and associate degrees to four-year bachelor degree and selected Master’s level programs. Not only does she come to us with nine years experience as a Vice President at Weber State but her career also includes an additional 17 years in a variety of roles and responsibilities in Higher Education at five different institutions. This wealth of experience has prepared her very well to lead Weber State University.”
Commissioner of Higher Education Cecelia H. Foxley, who facilitated the work of both the Search Committee and the Board of Regents throughout the process, indicated, “We had a number of very fine candidates from throughout the nation apply. It was obvious that many people recognize the quality of Weber State, and are interested in being part of this institution. In selecting Dr. Millner, the Regents have chosen someone who is prepared to continue the great leadership of the past as well as provide what is needed for Weber to continue to thrive in the future.”
Dr. Millner has served as Vice President for University Relations at Weber State University since 1993. Previously she served as an Associate Dean of Continuing Education, Assistant Vice President for Community Partnerships, and Director of Outreach Education in the School of Allied Health Sciences. Before coming to Weber in 1982, Dr. Millner was Associate Director of Continuing Education, for the Edmonda Campus of Gwynedd Mercy College, and has also been a Lecturer at the School of Health Professions, Southwest Texas State University, Instructional Developer in Medical Technology at Thomas Jefferson University, and Education Coordinator of the Medical Technology Program at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Millner received her Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Brigham Young University, and a M.S. in Allied Health Education and Management from Southwest Texas State University, and a B.S. in Education from the University of Tennessee. Active in the community, she is a past President of the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Ogden Rotary Club.
In accepting her appointment, Dr. Millner stated, “I appreciate very much the confidence being placed in me by the Board of Regents, and through them, the people of Utah. I am ready to go to work to build upon the great legacy of more than 100 years of Weber State providing quality educational opportunities. I have enjoyed being part of the Weber State University and the larger Ogden community the past twenty years, and I am pleased to have this new opportunity to continue to work with outstanding faculty and staff in serving Weber’s students.”
Weber State University, founded in 1889, has an enrollment of over 17,000 students and provides undergraduate liberal education in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences, professional study in education, business, and technology, and specialized certificate, associate, and baccalaureate education and training in a broad range of applied technology fields. Weber State also offers Master Degree programs in select areas. An increasing number of courses are offered via the Internet.