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Brigham Young University. University Relations Division

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1964-1999

Administrative History

The University Relations Division (1964-1999) was in charge of all public relations concerns of Brigham Young University.

In addition to public relations concerns, the University Relations Division oversaw many organizations within campus that put the university's name out into the world. In 1999 the division was placed under the advisement of the Associated Advancement Vice President, Alumni and External Relations Executive Director. Directors of University Relations Division included Lester B. Whetten (1964-1966), Stephen R. Covey (1966-1969), Heber G. Wolsey (1969-1973), Bruce L. Olsen (1973-1983), George H. Bowie (1983-1985), Ronald G. Hyde (1985-1992), and George H. Bowie (1992-1999).

University Relations Division administers the university's relations with local and state government agencies, as well as with professional, religious, and civic organizations. It supervises all information relating to campus activities and programs. They also coordinated General Authority relations and ceremonial events, and co-chairs commencement ceremonies. Part of the University Relations Division was the Student Conduct Appeals Committee/Board, also called the University Relations Committee, from at least 1968-1970. This committee heard appeals from disciplinary action taken by the office of Student Special Services.

University Relations Division acted under the direction of a director. During Stephen R. Covey's term the position become an Assistant to the President. Covey, Heber G. Wolsey, and Ronald G. Hyde held the position as Assistant to the President.

Citation

BYU Organizational History Project, via WWW, viewed 6/19/2013; University Relations Divison page (University Relations Division; 1964-1999; in charge of all public relations concerns of Brigham Young University; in addition to public relations concerns, the University Relations Division oversaw many organizations within campus that put the university's name out into the world; in 1999 the division was placed under the advisement of the Associated Advancement Vice President, Alumni and External Relations Executive Director; directors of University Relations Division included Lester B. Whetten (1964-1966), Stephen R. Covey (1966-1969), Heber G. Wolsey (1969-1973), Bruce L. Olsen (1973-1983), George H. Bowie (1983-1985), Ronald G. Hyde (1985-1992), and George H. Bowie (1992-1999); University Relations Division administers the university's relations with local and state government agencies, as well as with professional, religious, and civic organizations; supervises all information relating to campus activities and programs; coordinated General Authority relations and ceremonial events, and co-chairs commencement ceremonies; part of the University Relations Division was the Student Conduct Appeals Committee/Board, also called the University Relations Committee, from at least 1968-1970; committee heard appeals from disciplinary action taken by the office of Student Special Services.University Relations Division acted under the direction of a director; during Stephen R. Covey's term the position become an Assistant to the President; Covey, Heber G. Wolsey and Ronald G. Hyde held the position as Assistant to the President)

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Heber G. Wolsey Administrative Council records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 917
Overview Includes correspondence concerning policies and procedures of the Board of Trustees, colleges and departments, committees, research, Auxiliary Services, Church School System, Public Relations, office of university programs, University Relations, students, and Communication Services.
Dates: 1942-1980

Heber G. Wolsey policy, procedure and correspondence files, 1957-1971

 Series
Identifier: UA 917 Series 1
Scope and Contents note Contains various files and records.
Dates: Other: 1957-1971

Vontella Hess Kimball papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 6960
Scope and Contents Collection includes Brigham Young University memos and correspondence, speeches, collected articles and clippings and other articles relating to her position in University Relations department at the university. Dates of collected materials span from about 1862 to 1965.
Dates: 1862-1965; Majority of material found within 1947-1965

Office of Performance Scheduling records, 1982-1993

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1252 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, schedules, and reports concerning various performing groups, their shows, and tours. Dates range from 1982 to 1993.
Dates: 1982-1993

University Relations Division correspondence, 1983-1994

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1252 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence surrounding Alumni Relations and the Associate Advancement Vice President and various programs connected to the Alumni Association. Dates range from 1983 to 1994.
Dates: 1983-1994

University Relations Division office files, 1970-1991

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1252 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains administrative files regarding various entities and programs at Brigham Young University. Files contain correspondence, slides, minutes, and reports. Dates range from 1970 to 1991.
Dates: 1970-1991

University Relations Division records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 676
Scope and Contents Contains memorandums, correspondence, minutes, notes, and reports generated by the University Relations Division between 1963 and 1986. Materials document the divisions role in events planning, fund raising, and public relations efforts at the university. Includes information on sporting events, devotionals and forums, and campus controversies.
Dates: 1963-1986

Vontella Hess Kimball papers on University Relations Division, 1955-1963

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6960 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence and memos related to Kimball's position in University Relations at Brigham Young. Includes correspondence between her and the university president and university memos on a variety of different topics, including military etiquette. Materials dated 1955-1963.
Dates: 1955-1963