NORTH SALT LAKE — Richard Kendell has been appointed interim president of Southern Utah University by the State Board of Regents.
The North Salt Lake resident will take the helm effective July 8, replacing outgoing president Michael Benson, who has taken a job at Eastern Kentucky University, according to a press release.
The search for a new president of the Cedar City university will begin this month. The board named 21 individuals to a seach committee, including faculty and staff at the university, alumni, community members and members of the board of regents and the SUU board of trustees.
Kendell was the superintendent of Davis County School District for 10 years, during which time he was named Utah Superintendent of the Year. The district’s administration building is named for him, and SUU endowed the Richard E. Kendell Chair in Education in 2007.
Since his tenure with the district, Kendell has served as Deputy of Public Education under Governor Michael Leavitt and was Commissioner of Higher Education for five years.
“The Board and the SUU community are fortunate that former Commissioner Kendell is available,” said Board of Regents Chair, Bonnie Jean Beesley, in the release. “Dr. Kendell’s experience, integrity, academic expertise and management capabilities will provide a steady hand during the transition on campus that inevitably occurs during a university presidential search.”