Jan 30, 2015
Jan. 30, 2015
Overwhelming donations double internship opportunity
SALT LAKE CITY -
Westminster College is pleased to establish the Randy Horiuchi Endowed Political Fellowship, funded by generous contributions made in Horiuchi's honor. The gifts make possible four internships with the Republican and Democratic state party chairs during statewide election years, twice as many fellowships as originally anticipated, because of overwhelming support.
Randy Horiuchi is a political icon in Salt Lake County and Utah. From his early days as the student body president at Cottonwood High School, Horiuchi has been active and engaged in the political process. He worked on numerous campaigns through the years, served as Chair of the Utah State Democratic Party, and was elected to two terms as a Salt Lake County Commissioner. When the form of county government was changed in 2000, Horiuchi was elected to the inaugural Salt Lake County Council, a position in which he served until his retirement from political life in 2014. Countless local political leaders were influenced to follow a life of politics and public policy by Horiuchi.
"Randy's style, humor and generosity is irreplaceable, but we're going to ensure that his legacy as a public servant continues through the creation of this political fellowship," said Salt Lake County Councilman Jim Bradley.
As a retirement gift, Horiuchi's friends offered the fellowship and asked Randy what school he wanted to benefit. Without hesitation, Horiuchi chose Westminster where he co-taught the Honors Presidential Elections class with Roger Livingston. The college raised more than $140 thousand from Horiuchi's friends on both sides of the political aisle. Four internship positions will be offered to serve the two party chairs in the spring and in the fall.
"Our students have been fortunate to have benefited from Horuichi's charisma and experience. He inspired them to engage with the community and participate in the political process," said Westminster president, Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich."We promise to do our part to be good stewards of this generous gift that will allow Westminster students to serve the public and experience the political process in a way not previously available to them."