February 29, 2024

Board of Trustees attend CIB dedication


For the first time since 2010 the Utah State University Board of Trustee’s held their regular meeting Oct. 30th in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center (JLSC) in Price. The board is comprised of alumni of USU and are appointed by the Governor.
During the meeting, two new trustees were sworn in and a new executive committee was appointed with local resident Frank Peczuh voted into the post. The agenda highlighted the efforts of the USU main campus to include distance sights and the USU Eastern campus in events and causes important to the university, specifically alumni involvement at all stages of life.
During the meeting, The Eagle editor in chief, Nathaniel Woodward, received a special commendation from the board, which was presented by USU Eastern Chancellor Joe Peterson and USU President Stan Albrecht. The commendation was given to Woodward for outstanding academic performance, campus involvement and dedication to Utah State University. Highlighted in the letter from the board was his families’ long and dedicated history with Carbon College, the College of Eastern Utah (now USU Eastern) and USU, which he is proud to be part of.
Woodward thanked his wife, children and family for their support and dedication and spoke briefly on his love for the university. “I also would like to acknowledge the dedication of the faculty and administration to my education, specifically Larry Severeid, Tyson Chappell, Susan Polster, Noel Carmack, Susan Neel, John Weber, Wayne Hatch and countless other educators who have become my mentors and friends.” Having already been accepted into a prestigious law school, he plans on applying to some medical schools and graduate programs with the hope to one day become a university president.
Later that day the board and university administration gathered in the common area in front of the Central Instruction Building with hundreds of USU and USU Eastern staff, local officials and citizens to watch the dedication ceremony for the recently constructed facility. Chancellor Peterson gave the opening remarks and spoke on how the CIB is a landmark of the community. He shared that every morning as he drives up 400 East to work, he loves seeing the building come into view and remembers the old main building that use to stand in its place.
The next speaker was local state senator John Hinkins, who spoke of the difficult financial situation the university was faced with in the last decade and how far we have come since uniting the two universities. His remarks focused on the tenuous political processes involved with securing a new facility and improving the academic ability of a college in a small community.
The final speaker was USU President Stan Albrecht who spoke warmly on the special relationship the two campuses share and reiterated the commitment of USU to the students’ success at USU Eastern. True to form, President Albrecht finished his speech with a crowd cheer of “Go Eagles! Go Aggies!”
Following the speakers the USU Eastern choir performed a moving bagpipe assisted rendition of “Amazing Grace,” after which Sen. Hinkins cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially dedicate the CIB.