Weber State University President Ann Millner announced she has asked the school’s Board of Regents to begin looking for her replacement.
During a meeting with WSU faculty and staff on March 9, Millner told the campus community that after 10 years as the university’s president, she has decided to end her tenure.
“When I accepted the position in 2002,” Millner wrote in an e-mail to the campus, “I planned to serve for eight to 10 years, and this is my 10th year . . . I will continue to serve with the same energy and dedication as always, while facilitating a smooth transition to a new leader for this university. After that, I plan to stay involved at Weber State University and with higher education in the state.”
Millner said she plans to continue operating in her current role until a successor is found and assumes responsibility of the office. She said she hopes the new president will be instated before the fall 2013 semester begins.
When Millner was named WSU’s president, she was the first woman to lead a public university in Utah. During Millner’s time as president, WSU’s enrollment has increased by more than 7,000. In the last 10 years, WSU has also added seven new master’s programs to its curriculum.
Millner has also increased educational opportunities for WSU students outside of Ogden’s main campus. WSU’s first Davis campus building opened in 2003, and funding for a second building was approved last year.
During her announcement, Millner expressed gratitude to WSU’s faculty for its dedication to offering students the highest available quality in their education.
“You wholeheartedly embrace student access, personalized learning experiences for students, and engagement in the social, cultural, educational and economic well-being of our community,” Millner wrote. “That is demonstrated every day . . . When visitors come to campus, they soon discover ‘We are Weber’ is more than just a phrase – it is a spirit on campus exemplified by each of you. The synergy is powerful.”
To close her letter to the faculty, Millner shared a quote she used when she was inaugurated.
“William James said, ‘The best use of life is to invest it in something that will outlast it,'” Millner wrote. “The work you are doing at this university will long outlast our time here. Our students, their families and generations to come – all will be changed by what you are doing and what the university will continue to do in the future!”
Millner has been the 11th president and 18th person to lead WSU.