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cc "y JlL Wednesday, October 11, 1995 Volume 58 Number 16 Provost Robert to resign spring By Alisa C. Rasmussen Signpost news editor The phrase "all good things must come to an end" became a true fact today when Provost Robert Smith made the announcement he would resign in June. He said it wasn't a sudden decision. It has been a decision that started about five years ago when he found his personal and professional interests going in different directions. He said he found he needed to take a break to pursue some other interests for a while. Smith's experiences in Sou th America, Central Europe, and the former Soviet Union have given him a different perspective of life. He said he feels he wants to pursue his life in a more attentive way, paying more attention to the natural world around him. Smith wishes to gain more insights into what the world has in store for him. Smith said the time restrictions of his position at WSU are keeping him from some of the "adventures that await" him. "There are lessons to learn from being among a people in the act of throwing off a half-century of oppression," Smith said. "Likewise, there are les Inside Post Sidetracks: Professional bagpipe player plays "Thunderstruck" on pipes. FRIDAY NIGHT! See Page 9 Arts & Entertainment: Weber attire puts on fashion show displaying clothes from bookstore. See page 10 Sports: Volleyball team gets pumped for the playoffs. See page 12 sons to learn from watching hawthorn branches wave in the wind, from observing ants at work on a rattlesnake carcass, or from quietly contemplating a mountain peak at sunrise." Through Smith's speech, he spoke of several experiences he's had over the years and how WSU has had a very big im- pact on wno ne is. Smith recalls how people worried when he was hired. They believed he would just "come and go" because he was new to the cam pus. "Obviously, they didn't know what they were getting into," Smith said. "Neither did 1. 1 made a public commitment then to stay at least five years, hardly imagining that I'd find such a high level of compatibility with Weber State's organizational culture and with its surrounding community. I'm still here 15 years later, still loving the experience and appreciating the people I live and work with, having no intention of every leavingOgden." President Paul Thompson said that the Board of Trustees has granted him a year's leave for 1996-97. n - V I -A J- Smith 1996 "He thought it was not fair to the university to leave and not leave the position open," Thompson said. "He wanted to give us a chance to find someone, so upon his return, we could place him somewhere else and still have an acting provost." It's impossible to compress 15 years of feelings into words. . .I'm forever indebted to you for the most rewarding professional experience imaginable. 9 Provost Robert Smith "Getting away for a while will help me adjust to a new level of responsibility when I return," Smith said. "Perhaps more important, it will get me out of the way of my successor." Thompson said that Smith will be greatly missed because he has been an outstanding leader. "He is an exceptional person, but right now, he needs to go after different goals." Upon his return, Smith said he plans to be involved in a role that makes good use of his time and experience. Smith also said in the not too distant future, he plans to R.C. Willey gives $1 million Weber State will benefit greatly from generosity One of the largest cash awards Weber State University has ever received was on Oct. 10 from the CEO of R.C. Willey Home Furnishings.William H. Child, CEO of R.C. Willey Home Furnishings and his wife, Patricia Ann, of Salt Lake City awarded WSU 41 shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock, valued at $1 million and $50,000. "I have a great love for Weber State University," Child said. "I think the university does a superior job in providing undergraduate education." Funds from the sale of the stock will support six university programs. WSU's college of Business and Fconomics will receive 5500,000, i lie largest snare of the donation. The athletic department wil! receive $200,000 ? J -Tit Provost Robert Smith is resigning as Provost in '96. retire from higher education altogether to pursue other interests. Thompson said that he is optimistic there will be some other great candidates for the position, but Smith's shoes will be hard to fill. Smith's decision to resign did not come easily, but he said he is hopeful that life will lead him $150,000 to go directly to help renovate and install a new track facility and $50,000 to help fund the tennis program. The Alumni Center, the College of Applied Science and Technology, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the Utah Musical Theatre (UMT) will all receive $100,000 of the funds. The College of Health Professions will receive $50,000. President Paul Thompson said the gift will fill important needs for all the programs it serves. "This funding will help WSU enhance nationally recognized programs that serve state-wide needs," Thompson said. Child said he made the donation in an effort to rcpav the communitv lor more th-m 63 years ot support to R.C Vv i :!.-. Home Furnishings. "Our company wanted to put something back into H-"- down different paths of adventure and interest. "It's impossible to compress 15 years of feelings into words," Smith said. "I'm forever indebted to you for the most rewarding professional experience imaginable. I'm glad I have ; nine more months to enjoy it." community. We believe WSU serves the community of Northern Utah well," Child said. "Education is one of the best places you can put money to improve the quality of life and prospects for jobs." Child is an alumnus of WSU and served on the WSU Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1991. He said some of his most outstanding employees received their degrees from WSU. In June, Child merged his company with Berkshire Hathaway, a corporation owned by billionaire Warren Buffet. Child said the merger helped make this gift and other future donations possible. "Sn pporti ng com m un i ty programs is pai i oi the Berkshire philopliv," Child said. "We are lortunate to he able to do this."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1995-10-11, Vol. 58, No. 16|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|