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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 18 Collections and/or Records:

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

University Relations Division records on other universities responses, 1969-1971

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 9 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents note Other universities' responses to the issue of racism from 1969 to 1971.
Dates: Other: 1969-1971

University Relations Division records on Stanford University response, 1969-1971

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 9 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents note Contains Stanford University's response to the issue of racism at Brigham Young University, dated from 1969 to 1971.
Dates: Other: 1969-1971

University Relations Division reference file on race relations, 1963-1973

 Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 9
Scope and Contents From the Collection: Contains materials from the Public Communications Department and the tenure of Edwin Butterworth as the director. 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: Other: 1963-1973

University Relations Division subject files, 1925-1978

 Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 5
Scope and Contents note Subject files related to a wide variety of topics.
Dates: Other: 1925-1978

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