EPHRAIM — Bradley J. Cook was selected to be the 17th president of Snow College Friday by unanimous vote of the Utah State Board of Regents.

He will succeed Gary Carlston, who is retiring after serving five years as president. Carlston will remain in the position through May 17.

The Board of Regents, which has the sole authority to hire and fire public college and university presidents, spent much of the day in executive session interviewing the four finalists before voting on their selection of Cook in a public meeting.

“I am so honored to have been selected for this position in this amazing, incredible place that gave me a start, that believed in me,” Cook said during his remarks after he was selected.

Cook, provost of Southern Utah University, is an alumnus of Snow College and a native of central Utah.

“President Cook first arrived at Snow’s campus as a freshman a number of years ago. Now Snow College will greatly benefit from his significant experience in higher education and strong commitment to student success,” said Dave Buhler, Utah Commissioner of Higher Education, in a news release.

During his time at SUU, Cook has worked to establish the university as a national leader in student-centric, highly applied learning environments and has advanced an international agenda, according to a press release.

Under Cook’s leadership, SUU has created over 25 new academic programs and centers, and elevated SUU’s academic reputation as one of the premier public regional universities in the Intermountain West.

Prior to serving at SUU, Cook was president of the Abu Dhabi Women’s College in the United Arab Emirates. He also spent eight years at then-Utah Valley State College as vice president of college relations and later as vice president of academic affairs. Cook has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University and a doctorate from the …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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