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USU President Stan L. Albrecht

Stan L. Albrecht was named Utah State University's 15th president and assumed his new position on Feb. 1, 2005.

At the time of the announcement, Albrecht was serving as executive vice president and provost at Utah State, a position he held since 2001. He previously served as its dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences from 1998-2001.

During his tenure as President, Albrecht has announced a comprehensive fund-raising campaign with an official fundraising goal of $200 million.

"The campaign will take its place among the most significant moments in Utah State University's history," said Albrecht. "This journey will be transformative in its long-term impact on the university."

Another major initiative under Albrecht's direction has been to strengthen USU's branch campuses to reflect a stronger, more cohesive Utah State University system and provide greater access to higher education opportunities.

As part of his commitment to USU students throughout the state, he helped secure funds to hire 40 faculty members from 2007 to 2009. Most of the faculty members will teach in rural communities served by the university.

"Many of our new professors were hired for our regional campuses and partnership institutions, and this will dramatically impact our ability to extend Utah State's academic reach throughout the state," said Albrecht.

Prior to his arrival at Utah State, Albrecht served as an administrator and professor at the University of Florida from 1993-98. He also served for 18 years at Brigham Young University (1974-92), including three years as academic vice president and associate provost. He began his career as an assistant professor of sociology at Utah State University in 1970 through 1974.

A sociologist, Albrecht has written extensively, including as a co-author of the textbooks Social Psychology and Social Science Research Methods, both published by Prentice- Hall. He has authored numerous scholarly papers on a wide range of topics, including the environment, energy development and rural health.

Albrecht received his doctorate from Washington State University in 1970, a master's degree from Washington State University in 1968 and bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in 1966. All three degrees were in sociology.

He is a member of the Science Committee for the Minerals Management Service of the U.S. Department of Interior. He has served as a council member of the Society for Human Ecology and as vice president of the Rural Sociological Society.

Albrecht is married to Joyce Albrecht, Director of Advancement in the Caine College of the Arts.