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.
Cook, provost of Southern Utah University, is an alumnus of Snow College and a native of central Utah.
Cook has worked to establish SUU as a national leader in student-centric, highly applied learning environments and has advanced an international agenda at the university, 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 University of Oxford.
He was selected among four finalists, each of whom serves in an administrative position on their respective state college and university campuses in Utah.
A 22-member search committee, which included regents, Snow College trustees, and members of the university community spent several months soliciting input on the qualities of the next president, writing a job description, advertising for candidates and conducting interviews before winnowing the field to four finalists.
On-campus meetings between each of the finalists and members of the college community were conducted Thursday in advance of Friday’s selection by the Utah State Board of Regents.
Snow College was founded was in 1888 by Utah pioneers. It has campuses in Ephraim and Richfield and an online degree option. Snow’s Richfield campus primarily offers applied technology programs while its residential campus in Ephraim offers a wide array of associate degree programs and a limited number of bachelor’s degree programs.
Snow College serves some 5,500 students and has been recognized nationally for student success, affordability and exceptional teaching.
The search for Snow College’s newest president was the fourth in the Utah System of Higher Education this past year. Earlier, new presidents were selected at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University and Weber State University.
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