After a year as interim president, Gary L. Carlston has been appointed as President of Snow College by the state Board of Regents. Carlston said he feels humbled and honored to accept this position.
A Sanpete County native, Carlston grew up in Fairview, graduated from North Sanpete High School, and attended Snow College, where he and his wife, Janet, met. He said, “As a student, this college helped me a lot. I needed to learn how to do college work, become more mature, and be a better student. The professors, the staff, and the administrators really helped me to do that.”
After graduating from Snow College, Carlston went on to attend Utah State University and later Brigham Young University. Since then, he’s been on staff at both institutions and has worked in various other administrative positions, including the Logan City School District. He’s happy to be back at Snow and said that accepting the position “wasn’t a hard decision” as he and his wife love Snow College and consider it a privilege and an honor to be here.
Students can expect to see changes on campus during Carlston’s time as president. Among these changes may be a new science building, changes in general education courses students will be required to take, and additional opportunities for student employment.
He also spoke of the possibility of adding two four- year degrees. He said, “What they are we don’t know yet because the faculty is studying that right now. We want to remain a two- year community college but at the same time we also want to be able to fill the needs of some other areas and another couple of four year degrees would help us with that.” Additional program opportunities, housed primarily on the Richfield campus, are also being explored.
Carlston wants students to know that his focus is the success of others. He said, “The most important thing I can do is to help other people be successful, and so I just want students to know that we really do care about them and that we want them to be successful.”