Friday, May. 21, 2010
In its most recent issue, Utah Business magazine named its 2010 “trailblazers” in an article by Heidi Kulicke and Candace Little. The list includes ten companies that “preserve Utah’s legacy,” and Utah State University is on the list.
“Setting the standard for today’s startups, Utah Business’ 2010 Trailblazers are a force to be reckoned with,” the authors write. “These enduring companies remained true to their goals and principles, and have demonstrated that old-fashioned values, like commitment to quality, hard work and determination, pay off in the long run. Today, these companies have solid reputations and are headed toward continued success. Join us as we congratulate 10 deserving companies who have blazed the way for others through times of treasure and turmoil.”
In addition to Utah State University, the list includes the Utah Food Bank, Mark Miller Dealerships, Mountain West Telecom, Strong & Hanni Law Firm, Cummings Studio Chocolates, Moreton & Company, Snowbasin: A Sun Valley Resort, Midwest Commercial Interiors and Utah Central Credit Union.
Utah Business magazine is Utah's only monthly statewide business publication.
Below is Utah State University’s profile from the magazine.
Utah State University 1888
The economy has hit state institutions of higher education two ways: budget cuts and increased enrollment. Utah State University is no exception, says President Stan Albrecht. His optimism is clear, though. “We’ll come out stronger and better than we were going in,” he says.
Other challenges impact the university, and have made it stronger over the years. Albrecht describes a tragedy involving eight students and one faculty member in a car accident. When faced with hard circumstances, Albrecht turns to the students for support. “Whatever the problem or whatever the issue on the most difficult of days, all I need to do is walk out on to the quad and talk with our students.”
Utah State started in 1888 as part of the federal land grant university system, which established property with a purpose to serve the people of Utah. A dedication to service, Albrecht says, is one of the core missions that sets Utah State apart from others in the state. The university accomplishes this mission in two main ways. The first is through service-learning programs, which coordinate students to participate in service opportunities as part of their classes. The second way is through its extension offices, which allow the university to serve every county in Utah. Utah State has grown from a focused agricultural college to becoming expert educators and researches in a wide range of fields.
For instance, the university’s Space Dynamics Lab is one of a kind in Utah. Albrecht says the university has had more students launch experiments into space than any other university in the world. And, the College of Education is currently ranked in the top 2 percent of the 1,100 others in the United States. The university also has a resident string quartet that is recognized throughout the world.
Albrecht sees the university expanding in the future with growth of its regional campuses, more research dollars added to its now $140 million annually. He also sees the university becoming more involved in economic development, intellectual property and company spin-offs.