OGDEN - Weber State University’s head cheerleader may be passing the baton, soon, but she’ll still be a big part of the squad.
F. Ann Millner, who has led the school for the past decade, will retire from the presidency but will not be severing her ties with the school Р an institution she has been associated with for 31 years.
“I am not leaving,” she emphasized. “I’m going to be teaching health administration. I’m going back to my roots.”
The transition is anticipated “sometime mid-fall,” but Millner is not involving herself with finding a replacement. Instead, she’s continuing to move full-steam ahead.
“I want to continue at full throttle,” she told faculty at a workshop last week. “I’m not slowing down to pass the baton. That doesn’t happen in relays” and won’t when it comes to running what she terms “Northern Utah’s regional university.”
Over her decades at the school, Millner has developed a strong sense of “loyalty, commitment and love” for the school.
“I’ve always felt open and accessible, that it has been a wonderful opportunity to lead, and I’ll still be part of that,” Millner said. “But it takes a team of alumni, people in the community” in addition to faculty and staff to make it all work.
When her replacement takes over, Millner said she plans to “take a little time, and go back and prepare for her classes.”
She taught classes during the first few years of her presidency, but had to give it up because it got hard to balance all of the demands of serving as a university president.
One of her biggest accomplishments has been the opening of the Weber Davis campus in Layton.
“It’s been wonderful to see that campus evolve.
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