Southern Utah University's new president, Scott Wyatt, has high hopes to make a good first impression this week in an introduction he considers to be one of the most important in his unfolding 100-Day Listening Tour. He will meet with the University's current students in a Meet-and-Greet hosted by the SUU Student Association and the Leavitt Center this Thursday afternoon, and he plans to take time to talk with every student who stops by.
"My job as the University president is first and foremost about helping students succeed, everything else is secondary," explained Wyatt of his eagerness to get to know more of the University's students so quickly into his tenure.
"I am not sure I will have a theme for my presidency, but if I did it would most likely be, 'It is all about the student.' Student is singular here because my focus is very much on individuals."
To that end, the Meet-and-Greet is structured to give all interested students an opportunity to chat with President Wyatt individually. Anyone may stop by at any time to say hello and share their ideas for their Southern Utah University.
Wyatt said he is looking forward to Thursday's meeting with students primarily so he can, in his words, "Find ways to help them succeed."
"Besides," he added, "the more I hang out with students, the happier I am."
Join the Conversation:
The Meet-and-Greet will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday in the Student Center Living Room and will include light refreshments.
The President has also slated time this week to share some of his ideas and interests with the campus community in Wednesday's Pizza and Politics forum, hosted by the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service. He will present "From the Declaration of Independence to 'I Have a Dream'," in an open discussion from noon to 12:45 p.m., also in the Student Center Living Room.
Students are also welcome to follow along as President Wyatt continues his listening tour at suu.edu/100days, and to share their experiences with SUU's new president in his tour, using #SUUPresWyatt and #WyattListens.