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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 27 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 files on athletic relations with University of Washington (re: the Black Issue), 1970-1971

 Series
Identifier: UA 917 Series 2
Scope and Contents note Contains various files and records.
Dates: Other: 1970-1971

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

Public Communications records on comparative treatment of Brigham Young University publicity, 1973-1974

 Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 14
Scope and Contents note Contains newspaper clippings showing relative news treatment of Brigham Young University publicity in the Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune, and Provo Daily Herald.
Dates: Other: 1973-1974

Public Relations Division administrative correspondence, 1958-1965

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 543 Series 2 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence by the division director with specific individuals.
Dates: Other: 1958-1965

Public Relations Division correspondence, reports, and other material, 1954-1961

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 543 Series 2 Sub-Series 11
Scope and Contents note Contains administrative files, including correspondence, reports, mailing lists, clippings, addresses, programs, and other material.
Dates: Other: 1954-1961

Public Relations Division director private correspondence, 1961-1962

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 543 Series 2 Sub-Series 12
Scope and Contents note Contains private correspondence of the division director.
Dates: Other: 1961-1962

Public Relations Division financial records, 1959-1964

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 543 Series 2 Sub-Series 8
Scope and Contents Contains budgets and budget requests of the division.
Dates: Other: 1959-1964

Public Relations Division general correspondence, 1961-1962

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 543 Series 2 Sub-Series 9
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence by the division director with specific individuals.
Dates: Other: 1961-1962

Public Relations Division minutes, 1957-1965

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 543 Series 2 Sub-Series 10
Scope and Contents Contains administrative meeting minutes of the division.
Dates: Other: 1957-1965