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H.C.R. 9






Sponsor: Fred R. Hunsaker

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor expresses appreciation
             10      to outgoing Utah State University President Kermit L. Hall.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This resolution:
             13          .    expresses appreciation to outgoing Utah State University President Kermit L. Hall
             14      for his years of service to the students, faculty, and staff of the university and for his
             15      commitment to excellence.
             16      Special Clauses:
             17          None
             19      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             20          WHEREAS, Kermit L. Hall, President of Utah State University, has announced that he
             21      has been named President of State University of New York at Albany effective February 1,
             22      2005;
             23          WHEREAS, Kermit L. Hall was named the 14th President of Utah State University on
             24      January 2, 2001;
             25          WHEREAS, President Hall's four years of service at Utah State University have been
             26      filled with tremendous dedication, energy, and accomplishment;
             27          WHEREAS, President Hall declined to have a traditional inauguration and instead

             28      pledged $10,000 of his own money to be used to establish a student inaugural scholarship fund,
             29      saving the university $50,000;
             30          WHEREAS, the scholarship fund is now worth $850,000;
             31          WHEREAS, President Hall introduced a new funding relationship between the
             32      university and its departments that matches funding allocations with departmental objectives;
             33          WHEREAS, President Hall helped the university create a role statement and ten
             34      well-defined university goals that are centered on the university's historical mission as the
             35      state's only land grant university, and key decisions are made based on meeting these university
             36      goals;
             37          WHEREAS, "academics first" became President Hall's rallying cry, and in 2003 the fall
             38      freshman class was the best prepared class Utah State ever admitted academically, with an
             39      average grade point average of 3.6 and an average age of 18;
             40          WHEREAS, Utah State University's incoming freshman athletes have an 80%
             41      graduation rate, ranking the university in the top ten nationwide;
             42          WHEREAS, in May 2004 the university participated in its second Rhodes Scholars
             43      Tour, which showcased the university's new faculty and staff and introduced them to the state
             44      of Utah;
             45          WHEREAS, during his service, President Hall saw Utah State University honored with
             46      its first Rhodes Scholar in 22 years;
             47          WHEREAS, President Hall helped the university to develop a new mission that
             48      supports the vision of the State Board of Regents for the university's place in the state's system
             49      of higher education;
             50          WHEREAS, Utah State University was the first to develop this mission statement and
             51      was cited by the State Board of Regents as a model for other institutions to follow;
             52          WHEREAS, under President Hall's urging, the way in which Utah State University
             53      measured research productivity was significantly changed, emphasizing the same measuring
             54      standards applied by the National Science Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation;
             55          WHEREAS, despite historical state budget cuts amounting to some $14 million,
             56      President Hall insisted that student tuition dollars earmarked to the university be used, in part,
             57      to hire more teachers and advisors, resulting in the student/faculty ratio declining from 27:1 to
             58      21:1;

             59          WHEREAS, during the past 18 months, he has coedited two books, "The Oxford
             60      Companion to American Law and Constitutionalism," and "American Culture: Writing the
             61      New Constitutional History";
             62          WHEREAS, early in his presidency, Kermit L. Hall vowed to meet Utah residents in
             63      every county, and later he also milked a cow from every county and forged new friendships and
             64      reintroduced and endeared many hundreds to the state's land grant institution;
             65          WHEREAS, despite the demands on his time, President Hall, who is also a history
             66      professor, took time out of his schedule to teach advanced classes in constitutional history;
             67          WHEREAS, since he arrived four years ago, key decision makers around the state and
             68      the nation have come to know and respect President Hall for his vision and insights regarding
             69      higher education in Utah and the nation;
             70          WHEREAS, President Hall has helped to reduce administrative costs by collapsing the
             71      College of Family Life and dispersing departments among the university's existing six colleges,
             72      and reorganized the president's executive committee to reduce the number of vice presidents
             73      traditionally required of similarly sized institutions;
             74          WHEREAS, under his urging, university administrators, faculty, and staff were asked
             75      to join him in giving up a portion of their day to help new students move into their campus
             76      housing units;
             77          WHEREAS, President Hall instituted a "Graduate in Four" program that encourages
             78      students to graduate in a timely manner by following a preprescribed curriculum plan, and if
             79      the student follows the plan but does not graduate in four years, the university covers the
             80      student's last year of tuition;
             81          WHEREAS, under President Hall's leadership, Utah State University advanced from
             82      not being a member of any athletic conference league to joining the Sunbelt Conference and
             83      recently accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference;
             84          WHEREAS, under President Hall's direction, a child care development center will be
             85      constructed to provide services for children of students, faculty, staff, and community
             86      members;
             87          WHEREAS, under President Hall's direction, Utah State University has seen its
             88      research funding increase to record amounts;
             89          WHEREAS, in the fall of 2004, under President Hall's direction, Utah State University

             90      came together with the community to hold a benchmark summit that combined university
             91      expertise with community know-how to address environmental sustainability, economic
             92      growth, and demographic diversity, with the goal to make Cache Valley a better and even more
             93      rewarding place to live, work, and study;
             94          WHEREAS, President Hall has always been a champion of the open process and
             95      demonstrated his commitment to this approach by taking his proposal for a tuition increase
             96      over three years directly to the student body six months in advance of the usual timetable for
             97      these discussions; and
             98          WHEREAS, President Hall will be greatly missed by all those he has touched through
             99      his leadership and service:
             100          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             101      Governor concurring therein, express gratitude to Kermit L. Hall for his years of service and
             102      dedication as the President of Utah State University.
             103          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be presented to Kermit L.
             104      Hall.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-20-05 10:04 AM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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