WSU Welcomes New Trustees

OGDEN, Utah – The Weber State University Board of Trustees has welcomed four new members for the 2019-20 academic year.

           Louenda Downs

Eight of the university’s 10 trustees are appointed by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and approved by the Senate. Appointees are eligible to serve two four-year terms. The new appointees are Louenda Downs, a longtime public servant and education advocate from Davis County, and Amanda Covington, a marketing and government relations strategist.

The board also welcomed two new members in non-appointed positions: Bret Alexander, 2019-20 WSU student body president, and Clint Costley, incoming Alumni Association president. The student body president and alumni association president serve one- and two-year terms, respectively.

The board elected Nolan Karras to continue in his role as chair with Kearston Cutrubus as vice chair.

Karla Bergeson, Marty Carpenter, Karen Fairbanks and Donald Salazar round out the 10-member governing body, which advises and supports the university and serves as a liaison between WSU and the community.

      Amanda Covington

“The commitment and quality of individuals who serve on the Board of Trustees enhance Weber State,” said university president Brad Mortensen. “Their experience and vision help make the decisions that position the university nicely for future success.”

A Weber State graduate, Louenda Downs joined the Board of Trustees in 2014 but stepped down to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2017-2019 in Auckland, New Zealand.

 Downs is a former Davis County Commission chair; she was elected to the commission in 2006 after working as partnership coordinator and assistant director of the Davis Education Foundation. She also served eight years on the Davis Board of Education and taught elementary school for seven years in the Davis School District.

Downs’ tenure as an educator and education administrator has been punctuated by service on transportation, wildlife, ecological, community hospital and health and human services boards. Downs is a strong proponent of economic development and community planning.

       Clint Costley

Covington directs special projects for the Larry H. Miller Management Corporation. She served recently as senior vice president of communications and government relations for Vista Outdoor Inc. Covington has more than 20 years’ experience leading corporate communications and government relations strategies impacting financial communications, crisis communications, domestic and international relations, public policy and legislation, industry associations and community relations. 

In addition to her corporate work, Covington served as deputy for communications and spokesperson for former Utah Gov. Olene S. Walker and as director of communications for the Utah Department of Transportation.

Covington chairs the U.S. Department of Interior’s “Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory committee and is a board member for WSU’s Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service.

           Bret Alexander

She has a background in broadcast journalism, working for Utah’s NBC and ABC affiliates.

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Allison Barlow Hess, Public Relations director
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Allison Barlow Hess, Public Relations director
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