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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:

University Relations Division presidential correspondence, 1951-1978

 Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 1
Scope and Contents note Correspondence of the university president from 1951-1978.
Dates: Other: 1951-1978

University Relations Division publicity, statements, and policies, 1963-1973

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 9 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents note Materials related to the issue of racism from 1963 to 1973.
Dates: Other: 1963-1973

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

University Relations Division records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 586
Overview Includes correspondence, minutes, financial records, and other materials relating to the operation of the University's news bureau and public relations. Also contains copies of news clippings and articles concerning the University and various issues attached to the University. Contains Lyceum files and VIP files.
Dates: 1951-1979

University Relations Division records

 Collection
Identifier: UA 5346
Scope and Contents Contains financial documents, correspondence, reports, commencement, athletics, student clubs, campus tours, distinguished guest visits to campus, University Relations materials, and Public Relations materials. The activities include homecoming events, football, basketball, dance and music performances, community open houses, and volunteer events. Dated 1952-2002.
Dates: 1952-2002

University Relations Division records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1252
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, and other materials documenting the activities of the University Relations Division and its involvement with various university organizations. Dates range from 1970 to 1994.
Dates: 1970-1994

University Relations Division records on distinguished visitors and honors recipients, 1951-1974

 Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 8
Scope and Contents note Information related to distinguished visitors to BYU and honors recipients from 1951 to 1974, sorted alphabetically.
Dates: Other: 1951-1974

University Relations Division records on forum speakers, 1952-1977

 Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 6
Scope and Contents note Files of forum speakers from 1952-1977.
Dates: Other: 1952-1977

University Relations Division records on lyceums, 1949-1979

 Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 7
Scope and Contents note Contains news releases, biographical information, and other ephemera related to visiting concert artists from 1949 to 1979.
Dates: Other: 1949-1979