Mr. Nolan Karras


Weber State University Board of Trustees Chair Nolan Karras is also the chairman and CEO of The Karras Company, Inc., a national investment advisory firm. In addition, he is co-chair for Education First, a citizen-based political action committee that promotes education.

He is also a member of the board of directors for WSU’s Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics and Public Service and is on the board of Merit Medical, Inc.

A licensed CPA, Karras is a past board member of Utah Power, Beneficial Life, Pacificorp and Scottish Power and the University Of Utah Hospital Board.

He was elected to the  Utah Legislature from 1981 to 1990, where he served as speaker of the house. He was on the Board of Trustees of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee and served 12 years as member of the Utah Board of Regents, where he was chairman from 2001 to 2005.

Karras earned a Bachelor of Science in banking and finance from Weber State College and an MBA from the University of Utah. He became chair of WSU's Board of Trustees in 2016.

He is married to Lynda Purrington. They have three children and 13 grandchildren.