Milestones and Accomplishments at WSU 2002-2012

F. Ann Millner

WSU’s 18th leader/11th president
Named president 2002 (Selected Aug. 28, 2002, started Oct. 1, 2002)
First woman president of WSU/first woman university president in Utah
Fifth longest-serving president in history of institution
Succeeded Paul Thompson

Biographical Milestones:

1982 – Starts at WSU
1985 – Named associate dean of Continuing Education
1990 – Named assistant vice president for community partnerships
1993 – Named vice president for University Relations
1998 – Launched successful $75 million capital campaign “Changing Minds Together,” which raised $96 million
2002 – Named president of WSU
2012 – Announces plans to step down as president

For additional biographical information visit weber.edu/PresidentsOffice/biography.html

Comparisons 2002-2012:

Enrollment:
Fall 2002 – 18,059
Fall 2008 – Enrollment exceeds 20,000 students for first time
Fall 2011 – 25,483

WSU Master’s Degrees:
Fall 2002 – 4 (Accounting, Education, Criminal Justice and MBA)
Fall 2011 – 11 (2006 – English, Health Administration,  2008 – Athletic Training, Nursing, 
                      2010 – Radiologic Technology, Taxation, 2011 – Professional Communication)
WSU Online:
Fall 2002 – 4,968
Fall 2012 – 7,131

WSU Davis Enrollment:
Fall 2002 – 2,561
Fall 2012 – 3,654


Institutional Milestones 2002-2012:

Academic, Faculty and Student Accomplishments:
A WSU student has presented research on Capitol Hill in D.C. seven of the past eight years (including 2012)
WSU was home to Carnegie’s Utah Professor of the Year in 2003, 2005 and 2006
WSU Fulbright scholars earn national recognition (WSU Fulbrights since 2000)
2010 – Offers electronics engineering degree
2011 – Economics professor named Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution
           Receives All-Steinway School designation
2002-2012: Wildcat Athletics claims 23 Big Sky titles and four Presidents’ Cups

Capital Improvement/Infrastructure Projects 2002-2012:
2003 – Weber State University Davis campus opens first building in Layton
2004 – Renovated Lampros Hall reopens
2004 – Renovated Ott Planetarium reopens          
2005 – Stewart Library remodel
2006 – Swenson Building renovation (2005-2006)
2008 – Shepherd Union Building renovation (2006-2008) Phase 1 ( completed 2007)            
           New traffic circles added to Dixon Drive
           Stewart Bell Tower Plaza renovation
2009 – Elizabeth Hall opens
           Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning opens
2011 – Wildcat Village Building 1 opens
           Groundbreaking for second WSU Davis building


Economic Development Efforts:
Support for businesses in region
2006 – WSU selected to house USTAR’s Northern Utah Technology Innovation Center
2007 – Developed WeberDavisMorgan SEED partnership to support regional economy
2010 – Convened Aerospace Cluster Acceleration Project
Utah Center for Aeronautical Innovation & Design (UCAID) provides resource to support aerospace and defense industry of Northern Utah
Developed programs and degrees to meet the needs of local business and industry

 

Engaged Learning Opportunities:
90 percent of WSU students have an engaged learning experience, through community-based learning, undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, or capstone courses

Home to annual National Undergraduate Literature Conference
2004 –
Office of Undergraduate Research established
2007 –
Community Involvement Center created on campus
2007-2011: Named to
President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
2008 WSU Receives Carnegie Classification for community engagement
2010 – Council on Undergraduate Research holds annual conference at WSU
2011 – WSU hosts 5th annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research
2012 – Hosts Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
           WSU to host National Conference on Undergraduate Research (March 29-31)


Enhanced Access and Community Outreach
:
WSU is home to several programs and outreach efforts supporting area youth: Storytelling Festival,  Multicultural Youth Conference, WSU String Project (1998), Science in the Parks (2007), Arts in the Parks (2010)
Home to annual Utah Boys’ State
2008 – Education, Access and Outreach office created
2010 – Establishes Dream Weber program

Environmental Initiatives:
WSU sustainability efforts and commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2050
2009 – Signed Presidents’ Climate Commitment


Technology-Enhanced Learning:

Adopted hybrid courses
Growth in WSU Online
TERM offers new approach for students to meet mathematical requirements (2010)
2011 – Begins to develop mobile apps and introduces WSU Mobile


University Planning:
Vision 2030 created (2006-2007)
2011 – Core themes added to University Planning efforts and planning documents/strategies
2012 – WSU introduces new vision statement

Author:
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 • jkowalewski@weber.edu