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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 14 Collections and/or Records:

Brigham Young University administrative records

 Collection
Identifier: UA 885
Scope and Contents Includes correspondence and memoranda concerning Admissions and Records, colleges, faculty, students, Administrative Council, finances, committees, associations, organizations, Auxiliary Services, Church organizations, conferences, research, physical plant, University Relations Division and staff, projects, and prominent visitors.
Dates: 1959-1970

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

Identity program

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 780
Scope and Contents Volume prepared for Brigham Young University personnel identifying university standards for logos, font style, symbols, stationery, business cards, envelopes, university seal, vehicle signage, and verbal identity.
Dates: 1976

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 the President records

 Collection
Identifier: UA 925
Overview The collection includes correspondence with university vice presidents and deans of colleges, General Authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the president of Brigham Young University-Hawaii, and others. Major subjects include university relations, admissions and records, athletics, the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies, the honor and dress codes, and other related issues. Also includes minutes to Board of Trustees meetings.
Dates: 1989-1996

Bruce L. Olsen journal

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 439
Scope and Contents Journal outlining Olsen's trip to China with the BYU Young Ambassadors in 1979.
Dates: 1979

Oral history interview with George H. Bowie on the University Relations Division

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA OH 174
Scope and Contents Interview by Mark Smith with George Bowie to chart out and understand the history, development, and organization of the University Relations Division.
Dates: 1994

Photograph of university presidents

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 5743

University Relations Division records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 543
Overview Includes correspondence, minutes, memoranda, news clippings, statements, enrollment statistics, questionnaires, newsletters, handbooks, brochures, and catalogs. Also includes earlier information concerning public relations.
Dates: 1941-1973

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