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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 32 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

Public Relations records, 1963-2002

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5346 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains materials from the public relations department, Speaker's Bureau, United Way, visitor's center, community relations, and VIP hosting. The activities include community open houses, volunteer events, campus tours, and visits from dignitaries.
Dates: 1963-2002

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 meeting minutes, 1968-1977

 Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 3
Scope and Contents note Minutes of meetings at BYU.
Dates: Other: 1968-1977

University Relations Division office files, 1970-1991

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1252 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains administrative files regarding various entities and programs at Brigham Young University. Files contain correspondence, slides, minutes, and reports. Dates range from 1970 to 1991.
Dates: 1970-1991

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, 1965-1967

 Series
Identifier: UA 885 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, and other material related to the operations and programs of the University Relations Division, including Program Bureau performing groups and the International Folk Dance Ensemble. Materials date from between 1965 and 1967.
Dates: 1965-1967

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
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