Betty Sawyer moved to Utah after graduating from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, with a BS in Physical Education. She earned a second bachelor's in Physical Therapy and her master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah. As a community and social justice advocate, Betty has been at the forefront of many initiatives in Utah to address education equity, civil rights, community and economic development and health disparities elimination.
As Director of the Governor's Office of Black Affairs, Betty worked to gain passage of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and the establishment of the Utah Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission. She has served as President of the Ogden Branch of the NAACP and is co-founder of the African American Task Force (Substance Abuse Prevention Program) and Project Success Coalition, Community Learning Center.
Betty comes to Weber State University from the University of Utah, where she served as the Coordinator for African American Programs and Advisor to the Black Student Union (BSU) in the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs. Betty currently serves as Director of WSU's State GEAR-UP Partnership, which provides college readiness services to students and families in the Weber and Davis School Districts.
She is married to Gerod "Butch" Sawyer and has four sons and three grandchildren.Back to Contact State GEAR UP Staff