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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 25 Collections and/or Records:

Public Relations Division reports, 1956-1964

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 543 Series 2 Sub-Series 16
Scope and Contents note Contains annual, six-month, quarterly, departmental, and inventory reports, and annual reports to the university president.
Dates: Other: 1956-1964

University Relations Division director records, 1954-1966

 Series
Identifier: UA 543 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, minutes, memorandums, financial records, and other materials produced by the division director. Includes information on university public relations efforts, administration, and school activities.
Dates: Other: 1954-1966

University Relations Division geographic news clippings, 1967-1973

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 9 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains news clippings from various states from 1967 to 1973.
Dates: Other: 1967-1973

University Relations Division topical news clippings, 1969-1970

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 9 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains news clippings from 1969 to 1970.
Dates: Other: 1969-1970

Vontella Hess Kimball research papers, 1862-1965, bulk: bulk 1947-1965

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6960 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains materials such as newspaper clippings and copies of magazines which pertain to Kimball's research on topics such as Women of the Bible, the Holy Land, and Christmas in Bethlehem as well as collected works on Kimball's fashion career based in Denver and brochures and photographs of Germany, Turkey, and the Holy Land. Materials dated 1862-1965.
Dates: 1862-1965; Majority of material found within 1947-1965