WSU to Celebrate Presidential Inauguration

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will celebrate the inauguration of its 12th president, Charles A. Wight, with an Oct. 22 ceremony and a week’s worth of activities.

The inauguration will take place in the Val A. Browning Center Austad Auditorium at 2 p.m. Wight will lay out his vision for the university, and a reception will follow in the Browning Center’s lobby.

“I am both humbled and excited to serve as president of Weber State University, an institution with a vibrant legacy of open access, stellar learning environments and community involvement,” he said. “I will do my best to uphold that legacy and lead this great university in the face of a rapidly changing higher-education landscape.”

Wight took over as WSU’s president in January, following nearly 30 years at the University of Utah. While there, he served as the dean of the Graduate School, associate dean of Undergraduate Studies and assistant vice president of Continuing Education, as well as associate vice president of those three areas and Academic Affairs.

A full professor, he received his doctoral degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. University of Utah students awarded him with the Outstanding Teaching Award in Chemistry in 1985. He also received the R.W. Parry Teaching Award in Chemistry and was named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Wight has filed three patents and is the co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and two books. His research involves the chemistry of explosives and propellants, which led him to serve as deputy director of the University of Utah’s Center for the Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosions.

 “The Weber State Board of Trustees is thrilled to welcome Dr. Charles Wight as the university's new president,” said Alan Hall, board chairman. “We are confident that this highly accomplished and visionary executive will provide extraordinary leadership for our growing student body, outstanding faculty and staff, and expanding campuses.  Dr. Wight has the skills to inspire the next generation to reach its full potential as scholars and engaged citizens, and we look forward to assisting him with his noble goals.”

Wight has also dedicated himself to the surrounding community, having served on the board of trustees for the Academy for Math Engineering and Science from 2006 to 2009. He is an advocate for service learning and co-presents during the annual Faraday Christmas Lectures, a free science lecture series. Wight serves as chief mission orientation pilot for the Utah Wing of Angel Flight West, a nonprofit that provides free non-emergency medical transportation.

He is married to Victoria Rasmussen, manager of professional development for the Utah Education Network, and has three grown children.

Schedule of Celebratory Events:

Oct. 19

Weber State University students, faculty and staff will paint the town purple – not to mention a palette of other bright colors – during Chuck’s College Town Color Dash. The dash, a 5K fun run, will begin at WSU at 8 a.m. and end at Ogden’s Municipal Gardens on 343 25th Street.

Runners will receive a white T-shirt, sunglasses, snacks and a color packet as part of their registration and will run through clouds of colored cornstarch at the start, four color stations on the route and the finish line.

All proceeds from the run go to benefit Dream Weber, a program dedicated to providing tuition and general student fees to students with an annual household income of $30,000 or less. Those who wish to participate can register at

Later that afternoon, The Weber State University football team will take on Montana State University at home at 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 22

The ribbon cutting for the Weber County Sports Complex expansion will take place at 6 p.m. The expanded complex will feature an additional field house and ice sheet. An open house and refreshments will follow the ribbon cutting until 8 p.m.

Oct. 25

Imagine Dragons will perform to a sold-out crowd at the Dee Events Center. The band, which began in Provo, was declared the breakthrough band of 2013 by Billboard magazine. Their debut album, “Night Visions,” was listed as No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

Fictionist, also from Provo, will open the concert.

Oct. 26

Faculty, staff, students and others will take part in community service as part of Make a Difference Day, organized by the Center for Community Engaged Learning. The volunteer event will begin at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers should meet in the Dee Events Center parking lot. Those interested can visit or call 801-626-7737 for more information.

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Shane Farver, executive communication coordinator
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Beverly Rudd, University Advancement event coordinator
801-626-6468 •
Shane Farver, executive communication coordinator
801-626-7439 •