Petersen Named to WSU Board of Trustees

OGDEN, Utah – The Weber State University Board of Trustees officially announced at its monthly meeting Tuesday that Steven Petersen, co-founder and president of Petersen Inc., will serve a three-year term as a trustee.

Petersen, who has been serving on the university's National Advisory Council, started Petersen Inc., a fabrication and machining engineering company located in Ogden, with his father in 1961 and currently serves as the company's president and chairman of the board. Petersen also serves as a board member of the Ogden Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2002 Utah Entrepreneur of the Year in engineering and construction by Ernst and Young.

"Mr. Petersen has been a supporter of Weber State University for a long time and will be a great addition to the Board of Trustees," said WSU President Ann Millner.

Petersen, who was unable to attend Tuesday's meeting, will be sworn in at the group's September meeting. He replaces Catherine Ortega, who recently retired as superintendent of the Ogden City School District. Ortega served five years as a WSU trustee before resigning to take a position in Colorado.

Ana Eldredge, 2006-07 president of the WSU Alumni Association, and Peter Owen, 2006-07 president of the WSU Student Association, will serve one-year terms on the board. Eldredge will be sworn in at the trustees' September meeting, while Owen was sworn in at the June meeting.

The WSU Board of Trustees is a 10-member governing body for the university. The governor of Utah appoints eight members with the presidents of the alumni association and the student association rounding out the final two positions.

Ann Millner, WSU President
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