CEDAR CITY — Known for his outstanding leadership and dedication to the success of Southern Utah University, Cedar City and the surrounding area, the school’s president, Scott L. Wyatt, was honored Friday night by the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce as the Cedar City Man of the Year.
“Watching President Wyatt interact with the students, one can tell he genuinely cares about their success. He leads by example and shows the students that they can do hard things,” Cedar City Chamber of Commerce President Chris McCormick said in a press release from SUU. “This kind of leadership inspires and helps people to find the courage within themselves to keep going when things get tough.”
In his five years at SUU, Wyatt has received national recognition for innovations in experiential learning, general education and internship programs; led Utah’s colleges and universities in student enrollment growth; opened a new veterans center; started a center for diversity and inclusion; and seen the construction or acquisition of more than $60 million worth of capital improvement projects, according to the press release.
Wyatt has served the Cedar City community in a hands-on way, with recent projects like running the 170-mile Grand to Grand Ultra Marathon to raise money for the future on-campus child care facility and a dual enrollment partnership with Southwest Tech.
“President Wyatt has done a tremendous job of integrating himself into our community,” McCormick said. “When he first arrived in Cedar City, he took the time to get to know many of the people personally, learning how SUU can create a stronger relationship with our community.”
Each year the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce hosts the Cedar City Awards Gala to give the community a chance to honor outstanding businesses and individuals. The process begins with nominations by community members and represents a wide range of industries serving the Cedar City area.
“The Cedar City Area Chamber of Commerce is incredibly pleased with all of our nominees this year and of course our winners,” Mande Adams, Cedar City Awards Gala chair said. “These truly are the best of the best in our community and we are honored that we can continue to honor the work that they do, both as businesses, as well as individuals.”
Other award winners included Ken Bettridge Distributing, Centro Woodfired Pizza, Iron County Care & Share and Michael Bahr, an SUU professor and Utah Shakespeare Festival Education and Shakespeare Studies director.