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July 19, 2007

The State Board of Regents, Thursday, selected Scott L. Wyatt as the 15th president of Snow College. An attorney, Wyatt is currently the managing partner of Daines & Wyatt, LLP and a representative in the Utah State Legislature. He will assume his new duties in August 2007. He succeeds President Michael Benson, who was named as president of Southern Utah University in November 2006. Richard Wheeler has been serving as interim

Wyatt’s selection comes after a national search which considered 24 applicants representing 10 states. A search committee comprised of 22 individuals representing the Regents, Snow Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and community members selected six finalists who were announced Monday.

“I would like to thank Interim President Rick Wheeler for the strong leadership he has provided to Snow College,” said Board of Regents Chair Jed Pitcher. “Snow College plays an important role as a community college in central Utah. The two campuses, in Ephraim and Richfield, are critical in training our future workforce and providing educated citizenry to the growing economy in this area of our state. Scott will enhance the partnerships that exist between the campuses and stakeholders in the community. He will ensure that Snow’s students receive a world-class education and college experience.”

In accepting this appointment Wyatt said, “This appointment is the greatest honor of my life. Kathy and I love Snow College and look forward to serving the College’s students, staff, and faculty.”

Wyatt was the Cache County attorney from 1995 to 2002 and a partner in the law firm Barrett, Daines & Wyatt from 1990 to 1995.

He has been an instructor for Utah State University (USU) and Bridgerland Applied Technology College, a counselor for Student Legal Services at USU, and a law clerk in the Education Division for the Utah Attorney General.

Wyatt was a member of the Snow College Board of Trustees (1993-2005), including its chair from (2001-2005); a student member of the State Board of Regents (1986-1987); and a member of the USU Board of Trustees, as student body president (1985-1985).

He is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Wyatt serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Department of Justice National Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence and is the vice chair of the Bear River Mental Health Board of Directors. Wyatt is an instructor for the National Institute for the Prosecution of Sexual Violence and a former instructor for the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative.

He earned a J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of
Utah and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and economics from USU.
He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.