9:28 AM Posted by UVU SOA
The School of the Arts and the College of Science and Health at Utah Valley University are teaming up with Outback Steakhouse to host a luncheon in honor of Lucille Stoddard as she retires from the Utah State Office of Higher Education, all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lucille T. Stoddard Scholarship. Join us for this event on January 27, 2010, 12 Noon at Outback Steakhouse, 372 E. 1300 S. Orem, Utah, (801) 764-0552. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased in advance from Campus Connection in the Sorenson Student Center, 801-863-8797 or at the door.
Lucille Stoddard served in a variety of capacities at Utah Valley University, including, the chair of the business department, dean of the business school, academic vice president, and interim president. She served her first term as interim president in 1987-1988 following the presidency of J. Marvin Higbee. Stoddard later served as interim president a second time in 2002-2003, before becoming the associate commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education. Stoddard's husband, Frank Ferguson, is an architect, who along with Bruce Jensen and others, was responsible for the original UVU Orem campus design.
In October of 2009, Stoddard announced her retirement from the Utah System of Higher Education. The Deseret News stated that, “Stoddard worked for more than 30 years at Utah Valley State College, now Utah Valley University, before joining the state Board of Regents in governing higher education in the state of Utah. She has researched many topics of academe and written dozens of reports that, in turn, have helped direct policy-making at the nine public colleges and universities in the state.”
The Lucille Stoddard Scholarship will support students in The College of Science and Health based upon merit and need of the students. Community members can join with current and former UVU faculty, staff and students by helping to endow this scholarship. In addition to the purchase of a ticket for the January 27 luncheon, contributions can be made to the UVU Foundation, earmarked for the Lucille Stoddard Scholarship, and mailed to: Utah Valley University Foundation, 800 W. University Parkway, Orem, UT 84058-5999. Contributions will also be accepted at the Outback Steakhouse luncheon.