Millner Announces Plans to Step Down

The following is the e-mail message sent by President Millner to faculty and staff on March 9, informing them of her decision to step down as president of WSU.

Dear Colleagues,

At a campus meeting this afternoon, I informed the university community of my plans to step down as president of Weber State University. When I accepted the position in 2002, I planned to serve for eight to 10 years, and this is my 10th year.

I have asked the Board of Regents to form a search committee to select the next president of the university. I will remain in my current role until my successor arrives on campus, hopefully before the start of fall semester. It has been my privilege and honor to serve as president of this university for the past decade.

I have been blessed to serve in many roles at Weber State University over the past 30 years. In each role I have had the pleasure of working with many of you as you facilitate extraordinary learning experiences for our students, pursue meaningful research and creative endeavors, and engage our community as stewards of this region and state. Your talent and commitment to the students and the university inspire me every day. In this final chapter of my presidency, I will continue to serve with the same energy and dedication as always, while facilitating a smooth transition to a new leader for this university. After that, I plan to stay involved at Weber State University and with higher education in the state.

Thank you for making this such a personally rewarding experience. What sets Weber State University apart for me is two-fold. First, it is your deeply embedded commitment to our mission. You wholeheartedly embrace student access, personalized learning experiences for students, and engagement in the social, cultural, educational and economic well-being of our community. That is demonstrated every day! Secondly, it is each of you personally. Your respect for each other and our students, coupled with your collaborative efforts to achieve our goals and purpose, is palpable. When visitors come to campus, they soon discover “We are Weber” is more than just a phrase – it is a spirit on campus exemplified by each of you. The synergy is powerful.

Together, we have accomplished a lot at WSU in the last decade.

We’ve seen all three of our campuses (Ogden, Davis and WSU Online), and our centers, continue to grow to meet the needs of more than 25,000 students. You have added programs, certificates, baccalaureate and graduate degrees to better serve our students and our community. You’ve dramatically expanded online, hybrid and technology-enhanced course work and support systems.

You’ve created pipelines for first generation and disadvantaged students through expanded scholarship opportunities like Dream Weber and new outreach programs.

Thanks to all of you, more than 90 percent of our students have an engaged learning experience, through community-based learning, undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, or capstone courses. These experiences set our students apart as they enter the workforce or apply to graduate school. We have received recognition for your community engagement through the prestigious Carnegie classification, and lifted our undergraduate research program to the national stage.

You’ve significantly enhanced our economic impact in the region through USTAR and other projects.

You have expanded cultural offerings and staged artistic events for the community to enjoy, while providing outreach programs to area youth.

You have also worked to improve the physical campus by renovating several facilities and building new ones on our Ogden and Davis campuses to enhance the educational experience for everyone, while making meaningful progress on our campus sustainability plan.

Above all, WSU continues to be an educational, social, cultural and economic hub for our students, community and the Intermountain region. Recognized as an outstanding university that also meets regional community college needs, I believe all of you have helped WSU become a national model for dual mission universities.

Together you are changing lives, building the stature of this university and creating a more vibrant community. You are remarkable!

I would like to close with the same quote I shared when I was inaugurated as president. William James said, “The best use of life is to invest it in something that will outlast it.” The work you are doing at this university will long outlast our time here. Our students, their families, and generations to come - all will be changed by what you are doing and what the university will continue to do in the future!                     

Thank you for all you do to make Weber State great! great! great!


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