On Friday, October 14th, the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service at Southern Utah University hosted Utah Governor Gary Herbert. The Leavitt Center is a non-partisan center that works to disseminate political information and spark debate about the ever-changing world of politics and the issues that have an impact on the people of Utah and our nation.
Around 77 students, faculty, staff, and community members were in attendance for the Governor’s presentation. Governor Herbert spoke about his background, the growing Utah economy, his vision for the future, and the importance of higher education. He then encouraged questions from the audience.
Some of the questions asked included why Governor Herbert took back his endorsement of Donald Trump, the public lands debate and the role of government. The governor was open to the discussion and expressed his optimism for Utah’s future because of the generation sitting before him in the Leavitt Center. He spoke with a few students one-on-one and even had time for a couple pictures.
The governor is focused on four cornerstones to strengthen Utah's economy: education, jobs, energy, and self-determination. As a result, Utah has become a premier destination for business, jobs, and an unsurpassed quality of life.
As Utah's 17th governor, he took the oath of office on August 11, 2009. Prior to becoming the state's chief executive, Governor Herbert served as lieutenant governor for five years. He is the past chair of the Western Governors Association and National Governors Association.