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If you fail to watch where you walk in front of the Jennifer-Leavitt Student Center, you might trip right over Gibraltar, the 1,500 pound sandstone rock that has been a unique part of the community since the early days of Carbon College in 1940. The giant of a rock was lugged onto Carbon’s campus by a group of six men and a boy, all freshmen at the time. Painted green and decorated with a white “41,” the rock was named “Gibby” for its larger namesake Gibraltar.
Posted Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 9:11pm
Holding top administrative positions at UVSC, Brigham Young University and Ricks, Ryan L. Thomas was selected as CEU’s eighth president in 2001. He has a Ph.D. in higher education administration and a Jurist Doctorate. Thomas was born in Sunnyside and grew up in Castle Gate. When Thomas arrived on the Price campus, CEU had grown to 3,000 students with five off-campus sites in Blanding, Castle Dale, Green River, Moab and Monument Valley.
Posted Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 9:14pm
CEU made national news in 1996 when the Board of Regents hired Utah’s first female and first black president, Grace Sawyer Jones, to head the two-year college as its seventh president. A tenured professor and VP for multicultural affairs at State University of New York, upon coming to Utah, Jones said, “I believe the community college is an essential ingredient in our changing world, now more than ever. It is both the educational and training center for the community.”
Posted Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 9:11pm
Michael A. Petersen is the only CEU alumni to preside over the school. As a student, he was elected freshman president, competed on the debate team and earned an associate of science degree After earning a doctorate at Ohio State University, Petersen was hired to teach political science at CEU. When President James Randolph accepted a position in Nevada, Peterson applied and was named the college’s sixth president.
Posted Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 9:04pm
Dean M. McDonald was named the fifth president in 1970 and served a decade, 1980. After struggling for several years and trying to coordinate with Utah State University and Brigham Young University, what started as a grant-funded training program became the College of Eastern Utah - San Juan Center under his leadership. It began with 40 students, two staff members and borrowed facilities. The CEU-San Juan Campus had its first graduating class in 1980: 12 graduates, all female.
Posted Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 8:46pm
John W. Tucker was the fourth leader of Carbon College and in the 1963 yearbook listed as director. His first year, he wrote, “Colleges cannot give an education to anyone… they can only make opportunities available. Education cannot be acquired by spending a certain number of ‘seat hours’ in a classroom. Education is, and must remain, what the student does for himself by way of developing his own powers. A fine school, an intellectual atmosphere and excellent professors can help; however, the problem and responsibility is ultimately the student’s.
Posted Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 8:41pm
Claude J. Burtenshaw was named director of Carbon College and served under the University of Utah’s President A. Ray Olpin who sat the helm at the U of U for 18 years. As a branch of the U, it helped set a pace to guide Carbon College in its future years. The college’s new objectives were: academic excellence, better community relationships, a wider college community including all Eastern Utah, and a mature, collegiate spirit. Burtenshaw discussed the challenging problem existing because of a smaller student body and faculty than was available in previous years.
Posted Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 8:36pm
Aaron E. Jones was appointed president of Carbon College during World War II. In his message in the yearbook, Jones said the college “is fortunate in having continued in operation during the recent war years and now has all the signs of permanency. Like an infant, no one can predict to what greatness it may arrive; but all of us can predict a happy future for our school.
Posted Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 8:31pm
Ten leaders and three name changes define Utah State University Eastern as it concludes its 80th year. It was the first Utah college created by the legislature, Senate Bill 6, on Feb. 2, 1937 and ratified by the House two weeks later. Up until that time, all Utah colleges were created by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was the seventh public college in Utah.
Posted Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 8:25pm
A new name and a new leader were created when CEU became part of Utah State University in 2010. On July 1, Joe Peterson became chancellor and the name of the college was changed to USU – College of Eastern Utah and then USU Eastern. Peterson was the third leader to have ties to Eastern Utah. Born in San Juan County, he lived in Price where his father was a history instructor. After his father earned his Ph.D., Chas Peterson moved his family to Logan to teach history.
Posted Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 8:19pm