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Thank you, Carlstons


President Gary and Janet Carlston

May 21, 2018 – Ephraim, UT –  Snow College announces the retirement of President Gary L. Carlston, and his wife, Janet, who have led the two-year residential college since January 8, 2014.  Their connection to the college dates back to the 1960s, when they both attended as students.

In a prepared statement, the Carlstons continued a message of appreciation, which has been a hallmark of their administration:  “We love Snow College. It has been both an honor and a privilege for us to be here and to observe firsthand the teaching and care for our students from faculty and staff.  Because of the work and support of so many, including key legislators, regents, trustees, faculty, staff, our leadership team, and other stakeholders the college has seen success.  We have proudly told the Snow College story, and we will miss our colleagues, the students, and this wonderful college.”

In addition to the historic $8.2 million dollar equity and quality initiative appropriation from the 2018 state legislature which funded employee compensation, athletic facility improvements, and critical needs, other highlights since 2014 include the construction of the Robert M. and Joyce S. Graham Science Center on the Ephraim Campus, improved parking and classroom facilities on the Richfield Campus, solidified messaging of a “one college, two campus” institution, advocated for faculty and staff success, strengthened relationships with economic development and public school district partners, increased academic and extracurricular offerings (including an Associate of Fine Arts degree, a four-year degree in Software Engineering, a four-year degree in Business in partnership with Utah State University, and an intercollegiate soccer program), personalized interactions with students, and continued focus on student success.

Scott Bushnell, Chair of the Snow College Board of Trustees, said, “President Carlston has made a profound impact on Snow College.  I feel strongly that he and his capable wife, Janet, were appointed to this presidency at the right time in Snow’s history.  Their talents have created opportunities, and specific needs have been met during their tenure.  Members of the Board of Trustees want to extend their sincere appreciation to the Carlstons for their outstanding service and strong leadership. The ‘Spirit of Snow’ is alive and well because of them.”

The Utah State Board of Regents will appoint a search committee and conduct a nation-wide search to select the 17th president of the college.  President Carlston will remain in office until a successor is hired, which is anticipated to be in early-2019. 

About Snow College

Snow College, founded in 1888 by Utah pioneers, is a two-year college with campuses located in Ephraim and Richfield, Utah. Serving more than 5,000 students, the college has been nationally recognized for its student success rates, affordable cost-for-value, involvement opportunities, and exceptional teaching. Learn more about all Snow College has to offer online at

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