State Board of Regents Appoints Interim President of Snow College
(December 5, 2013)
SALT LAKE CITY – At a meeting held today in Salt Lake City the Executive Committee
of the Board of Regents, acting on behalf of the full board, appointed Dr. Gary L.
Carlston as the Interim President of Snow College, effective January 8, 2014. Dr.
Carlston will take the place of outgoing Snow president Scott Wyatt, who has accepted
a position as president of Southern Utah University. Dr. Carslton, who currently works
in the Center for Improvement of Teacher Education at Brigham Young University, will
serve for a year or more until a new president takes office.
“The Board and the Snow College community are fortunate that Gary Carlston is willing
to step into the role of interim president,” said Board of Regents Chair, Bonnie Jean
Beesley. “Dr. Carlston’s academic expertise, integrity, and management capabilities
will provide a steady hand during the transition on campus.”
Originally from Fairview in Sanpete County, Dr. Carlston graduated from Snow College
with an associate degree, and from Utah State University with bachelors and masters
of education degrees. He earned a doctorate in Educational Administration at Brigham
Young University. In addition to his current role at BYU, Carlston has been a junior
high school teacher, a school principal, district curriculum director, and was superintendent
of the Logan City School District. Carlston was a tenured faculty member at Utah
State University, associate dean in the College of Education, and interim department
head of secondary education at USU. He has also been deputy state superintendent
and served as Governor Mike Leavitt’s Deputy for Education. Dr. Carlston served for
twelve years on the Snow College Institutional Council/Board of Trustees and was its
chair for ten years. He currently serves as an education policy advisor for Prosperity
In other business, the Executive Committee approved a ground lease between the University
of Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation to enable construction of Phase IV of the
Huntsman Cancer Institute’s research and treatment facilities.
The Utah System of Higher Educationis comprised of eight public colleges and universities
governed by the State Board of Regents, assisted by local Boards of Trustees. The
System includes research universities, regional universities, and community colleges.
The eight USHE institutions are: the University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber
State University, Southern Utah University, Snow College, Dixie State University,
Utah Valley University, and Salt Lake Community College. For more information on the
Utah System of Higher Education, visit our website at higheredutah.org
Interim President Dr. Gary L. Carlston