New dean appointed for USU Uintah Basin campus

The USU Uintah Basin Campus will soon instate a new dean and executive director. The position will be filled by USU alumnus Boyd F. Edwards, who most recently served as a professor of physics at West Virginia University where he won multiple teaching honors including the endowed Russell and Ruth Bolton WVU professorship. Edwards, a native to Utah, said he is humbled and motivated by the trust he has been shown through the extension of this opportunity. “My vision for the USU Uintah Basin Regional Campus is to improve lives through education and hands-on research and internship experiences,” Edwards said. “Such experiences enrich the educational process and better prepare students for the workplace.” Edwards said education and research are the keys to unlocking vast untapped energy resources in the Uintah Basin and will help the economy to grow. Edwards, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at USU and his Ph.D in applied physics from Stanford, will be replacing interim dean Steve Hawkes, who has been filling in since the campus’s former dean, Wes Holly, resigned.

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