SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Board of Higher Education’s Executive Committee recently announced the selection of Courtney R. White as interim president of Utah Tech University to take effect on Jan. 5.

The campus of Utah Tech University is shown in St. George, Utah, July 14, 2023 | Photo by Haven Scott, St. George News

The Board of Higher Education will undertake a search for a new president and begin the process of appointing a presidential search committee over the next several weeks, according to a recent media release.

“Utah Tech University has made an incredible impact on our students and community over the last decade,” White said. “I’m excited to work with our dedicated faculty, staff, alumni and community members as we continue to prepare our students for success.” 

White is the Associate Vice President of Executive Affairs/Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees at Utah Tech University. He also advised the outgoing president, while leading an integral campus leadership role and supervising a strategic plan implementation focused on student success and access.

Utah Tech University’s Courtney R. White was named interim president by the Utah State Board of Higher Education on Jan. 3, 2024 | Photo courtesy Utah Tech University, St. George News

Since 2014, he has been adjunct faculty with the Southern Utah University Master of Public Administration program. He previously served as the lobbyist for the University of Oregon and held a similar external relations position with the Utah Education Association.

His prior professional assignments include work at the Nevada, Oregon and Utah Systems of Higher Education, most recently as an Assistant Commissioner. 

“We are pleased to select Courtney R. White as Interim President of Utah Tech University,” Amanda Covington, Utah Board of Higher Education chair, said. “White has considerable experience within higher education, and we are confident he will successfully lead Utah Tech during this transition. We look forward to working with him in this capacity.”

 White earned an associate degree from Snow College, a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, a master’s degree from the University of Utah and a law degree from the University of Oregon. 

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