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Presidential Search

Following a nationwide search, the Utah State Board of Regents selected Brad L. Mortensen
as the 13th president of Weber State University on Dec. 6, 2018.

Press release

About Weber State University

Weber State University was founded almost 130 years ago with the purpose of giving students “educational advantages,” a “well-rounded education” and a “well-equipped college working on broad lines, open to every aspiring young person.” Over the years, we have stayed true to our founding guidelines, offering our community a place to learn, a place to dream and a place to feel welcome. We’ve done that by having a dual focus — to be a regional university that retains a community college mission.

 

Our Students

Among Weber State’s 26,000+ students, you’ll find certificate-seekers, undergraduates and master’s degree candidates. You’ll also find a diverse population of local first-generation college students; high percentages of students who are married, have children, are working full time, commute to our campuses and centers, and receive financial aid; along with a growing number of out-of-state and international students. Today, we are proud to continue our legacy of opportunity, offering a quality education and personalized teaching at an affordable cost.

Core Themes

Three core themes lie at the heart of Weber State’s mission:

Access

As an open-enrollment university, we welcome everyone who has a dream and is looking to learn, grow, find their passion or provide for their families.

Learning

With innovative programs, engaging experiences and extensive personalized opportunities, we offer an environment where students thrive.

Community

Forging strong connections with local communities, we provide educational, economic and service partnerships, and contribute to local culture through the arts and athletics.

Weber State University: At a Glance

Academics

At Weber State, students not only find what they’re looking for academically — we have 225+ certificate and degree programs and 13 graduate programs — they also find professors who put teaching first. Our small classes give Wildcats big opportunities to discover their passions, research topics from anthropology to zoology and change the world through service learning.

Location

We are nestled at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Ogden, Utah — a vibrant and diverse city that has earned a national reputation as a great place to live, raise a family and do business. Northern Utah offers outdoor recreation activities for all four seasons, as well as world-class culture, arts and sports.

Arts & Culture

Our beautiful visual and performing arts venues allow students and acclaimed artists alike to showcase their creativity. The Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts hosts about 350 events and welcomes nearly 30,000 patrons annually, while the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery engages audiences through diverse programs and exhibitions.

Athletics

Wildcat Athletics features 16 Division I NCAA teams. A charter member of the Big Sky Conference, our teams have claimed 11 regular-season titles and six conference tournament championships since 2012-13 — plus a top-5 national finish for football in 2017.

Economic Engine

Weber State enjoys deep ties to our community, our region and our state as an educator of the workforce, an idea generator and employer. Always looking to support local businesses, we work with companies to develop programs and degrees specific to their needs.

Facilities & Sustainability

Over the past decade, Weber State facilities have grown by 500,000+ square feet. While we’ve added beautiful new learning environments, we also have reduced our direct carbon footprint by 30% and are committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

Finances

Weber State University’s total operating budget is $236 million, and current net assets are $633 million. In 2016, we completed a successful comprehensive campaign that raised more than $164 million. Endowed funds total $146.7 million as of Dec. 31, 2017.

‘Great’ Workplace

Weber State was named a Chronicle of Higher Education “Great College to Work For” in 2017, based on results of an employee survey. We employ more than 1,000 full- and part-time faculty and more than 1,500 staff members.

 

The intention of this search is to have a new president named by late fall 2018. Under state law, the Board of Regents is charged with appointing new presidents for Utah’s public colleges and universities. See the complete search process for more details.

Announcements and updates will be posted on this website throughout the process.