Under state law, the Board of Higher Education is charged with appointing new presidents for Utah’s
public colleges and universities. The search for a new president can take up to 8-12
months to complete. The commissioner of higher education will create a comprehensive
and active recruiting plan to ensure a strong, diverse pool of potential candidates.
The process is as follows:
- The Board of Higher Education names a search committee, which is comprised of regents,
trustees and institutional stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, administration,
alumni and community members. The committee is co-chaired by a regent and the chair
of the Board of Trustees.
- The search committee convenes public constituent meetings to gather feedback from
- The search committee then approves a position announcement and calls for nominations
and applications, seeking to recruit qualified applicants nationally and internationally.
- The search committee screens candidate applications and conducts interviews.
- The search committee deliberates and forwards a list of three to five recommended
finalists to the Board of Higher Education. Two-thirds of the search committee must
be in agreement about forwarding a finalist’s name.
- The names of finalists are announced publicly.
- Finalists meet with campus constituent groups, including faculty, staff, students
and trustees. Input from the constituent group meetings is shared with the Board of
- The Board of Higher Education and the chair and vice chair of the Board of Trustees
interview the finalists.
- In a public meeting, the Board of Higher Education vote and select the new president.
- February 1, 2023: Presidential Position Announcement posted.
- January 9, 2023: Snow College announced public meetings to gather input from the community.
- December 1, 2022: Snow College presidential search committee named by the Board of Higher Education.
- June 15, 2022: The Utah Board of Higher Education named Stacee McIff as interim president of Snow
- May 12, 2022: President Bradley J. Cook announced he will step down as Snow College President.