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  • Sandra Cox

Stacee McIff: President of Snow

Stacee McIff stands by as she awaits the announcement of the results for the new President of Snow College. Photo by Jim Pipes.

As interim president of Snow College Stacee McIff finishes her fill-in year, the Utah Board of Higher Education began their search for the new permanent president of Snow. This search brought the committee to three qualified candidates.

The board took into consideration the public’s input and ultimately decided to keep Stacee McIff on as the 18th president of Snow College.

McIff gave a speech after being named as president, saying: “Students, you are why we do what we do.” “Working here has been a privilege and I feel very honored and humbled to lead us into our next 135 years.”

President McIff expressed her excitement in this new opportunity. “I care so much about Snow College. I care about our students, our employees, and I care about this community. I grew up in rural Utah, so I care about rural Utah and the issues that arise therein. It’s in my blood and I want to make a difference any way that I can.”

President McIff wants to express the vision of the future of Snow College. This list includes: Supporting employees, Managing enrollment strategically, Secure facilities, Helping students succeed, and Sharing Snow’s story.

“We have a very capable group of cabinet members working hard on these issues. I have nothing but absolute faith and trust in our employees because they genuinely want students to succeed. This is our calling card and what we’ve been doing since Snow was founded. We want to give students the very best college experiences that students can get in Utah.”

Along with sharing her vision and goals, President McIff had a few more things she wanted to share with the students here at Snow. “Since I was a student chasing my Bachelors degree, I have enjoyed being involved in higher education. It has given me many positive memories and relationships. I think higher education is really a wonderful conduit for the next steps of your life.

As I have been the VP for technical education and workforce engagement, I have grown a deeper appreciation for higher education. It has opened up a new perspective to me. Higher education is different for every person. It does not have to be four years in classrooms. We can personalize a person's education to any pathway the student is looking for. It's our job to be the vehicle to help students to achieve their dreams.”

President McIff also touched on the importance of students having their voice heard. “Back in my college days, I never really thought about having a voice in college. Once I realized I did, it was exciting to know I could have an impact, so I want our students to feel that excitement as well. Our students are so innovative, creative, and intelligent I want them to feel like they can bring suggestions to this office. We want to know any recommendations and we solicit feedback. I want students to feel like they have a voice. Everything we do we do for them.”


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