Wyatt named as new president of Southern Utah University

Prosecutor Scott Wyatt makes his closing remarks during the sentencing portion of Cody Nielsen's murder trial, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004 in Logan, Utah.

Southern Utah University has chosen Snow College president Scott Wyatt for the same post at their school.

The Spectrum of St. George reports that Wyatt was a unanimous choice of the Utah state board of regents. The regents voted Friday on the Southern Utah campus in Cedar City.

Wyatt was selected over three other finalists: Southern Utah executive vice president Bradley Cook; Southern Polytechnic State University of Georgia president Lisa Rossbacher; and College of Business at Jacksonville University dean Don Capener.

Wyatt succeeds Michael Benson, who moved on to take a similar position at Eastern Kentucky University.

Before Wyatt became the president of Snow College, he was a state representative for House District 5 and before that the Cache County Attorney. Wyatt was the prosecuting attorney in the Tricia Autrey murder trial in which Cody Nielsen was convicted of murdering the 15-year-old Hyrum girl. Nielsen is currently appealing his conviction.

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