By Shinika A. Sykes
OGDEN — She has held the title and had the responsibilities since last fall, and on Monday F. Ann Millner was formally installed as the 11th president of Weber State University.
The Board of Regents selected Millner, 51, in August 2002. She had worked as an educator and administrator at WSU since 1982, including nine years as vice president for university relations.
During the installation ceremony, Regents Chairman Nolan Karras praised Millner, a native of Tennessee, as the right person to lead WSU.
“ You know this institution well,” said Karras. “You have been instrumental in its development into the fine university it is today. You have proven to be an insightful, energetic and engaging leader.”
Before placing the inaugural medallion upon her shoulders, Karras said, “excellent teaching, student learning and student success should remain the first priority of WSU.” He also encouraged the new president to continue to reach out to WSU’s diverse community.
Millner expressed appreciation for receiving the confidence of the Board of Regents and the people of Utah.
“ I am ready to go to work to build upon the great legacy of more than 100 years of Weber State providing quality educational opportunities,” she told an audience of more than 300 students, faculty, legislators, regents and community members.
Millner said her administration will focus on three areas: developing a multicampus university, helping students succeed in the first year, and providing undergraduate research opportunities. She noted the recent success of a WSU’s $75 million capital campaign, with approximately $90.7 million pledged by some 8,690 donors. She also pointed to the 12 percent growth in the school’s online education.
Millner, who is the first woman to head WSU, earned a bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Tennessee, a master’s in health education management at Southwest Texas State University and a doctorate in higher education from Brigham Young University. She oversees the state’s third oldest university—founded in in 1889—with an enrollment of about 18,000 students.
Utah Commissioner of Higher Education Cecelia Foxley said, “Ann Millner is uniquely prepared to handle the demands of presidency. She is bright, knowledgeable, works well with others and is tireless in her effort to see that Weber keeps its commitment to the people it serves.”