Feb 26, 2015
Feb. 26, 2015
Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich to retire after 2015 commencement
SALT LAKE CITY -
Westminster president Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, age 64, announced Thursday that he will retire from the college after the 2015 commencement. Steve Morgan, the college's vice president for institutional advancement and alumni relations, will serve as president until a formal presidential search is concluded in the future.
Dr. Levin-Stankevich became Westminster's 17th president in July 2012, and has been the catalyst for several important initiatives, including the launch of the college's new strategic plan.
"The strategic plan initiated under President Brian's leadership sets ambitious objectives for supporting student success, innovation, affordability, sustainability and a commitment to the community," said Tom Ellison, chair of the Westminster College Board of Trustees. "We will build on this strategic agenda and Brian's strong commitment to civic partnerships to drive the success of the college for years to come."
During his presidency, Dr. Levin-Stankevich played an integral role in strengthening Westminster's connections with local businesses and communities, including the college's partnership with South Salt Lake. Under his leadership, Westminster was awarded South Salt Lake's "Partner of the Year" for both 2013 and 2014. Dr. Levin-Stankevich's focus on civic engagement and community involvement helped secure the support of the Katherine K. Dumke Foundation for Westminster's Center for Civic Engagement.
"It was my honor to serve as president of Westminster and I am proud of the achievements our campus community has made during my tenure," said Dr. Levin-Stankevich. "I'm especially proud of our community partnerships in South Salt Lake and the collaborative work we've achieved in creating a strategic plan for the college. This plan is a roadmap of innovation focused on the strong relationship-based student learning experience that has historically distinguished Westminster."
Morgan will begin his duties as acting president in a transition period that begins immediately. Plans for a presidential search will be developed at a future date.
"Steve Morgan is a true advocate of Westminster, and I am confident that no one knows this college better than him," added Dr. Levin-Stankevich. "Having served 34 years at the college, Steve's blood runs Griffin 'purple.' He knows the campus and our community, and will be poised to continue to lead the college in the direction to support our strategic plan."
Morgan is a long-time administrator at Westminster, having devoted more than 30 years in the following positions: business manager, director of administrative services, executive vice president and treasurer, and vice president of institutional advancement. During his tenure, he led the growth of the college's endowment to more than $70 million and directed fundraising for major construction projects, including the Giovale Library, renovations to the Gore School of Business and the Shaw Center, and the construction of the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory, the Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness, & Athletic Center and the Meldrum Science Center. Morgan received his BA in accounting from the University of Utah and is a certified public accountant (CPA). Steve's wife and their three children are all Westminster graduates. Steve has served on the executive cabinet under six presidents at Westminster College.
"I am honored by the opportunity to serve in the role of acting president for Westminster College-a place that is truly dear to my heart," said Morgan. "I want to express my gratitude to President Brian for his leadership and charting a bold course with our five-year strategic plan. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff in accomplishing the goals set forth by President Brian's vision."