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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 97 Collections and/or Records:

Office of the President fund raising records, 1994-1995

 Series — Box: 118
Identifier: UA 925 Series 7
Scope and Contents Contains records on fund raising activities at the university. Materials date from between 1994 and 1995.
Dates: 1994-1995

Office of the President outgoing correspondence, 1989-1995

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 925 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence that documents Lee's responses to campus officials and other people. Subjects covered include the closing of the library school, Lee's cancer and related illnesses, devotional and forum addresses, as well as athletics.
Dates: 1989-1995

Office of the President oversize materials, 1989-1995

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 925 Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains memorabilia, plaques, and pictures given to Lee.
Dates: 1989-1995

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

Office of the President speeches, 1989-1995

 Series
Identifier: UA 925 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains copies of speeches and other addresses given by Rex and Janet Lee at Brigham Young University campus events.
Dates: Other: 1989-1995

Office of the President travel itineraries, 1989-1995

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 925 Series 6
Scope and Contents Contains the travel itineraries for Lee.
Dates: 1989-1995

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

Performance Management, 1993-1994

 Sub-Series — Box: 44, Folder: 14
Identifier: UA 925 Series 1 Sub-Series 5 Sub-Series 7
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Contains correspondence on university outreach programs. Materials date from between 1993 and 1994.
Dates: 1993-1994

Photograph of university presidents

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 5743