Summarized by Kent Larsen
Should Karen Huntsman be on the Utah Board of Regents? (Bored of Regents)
Salt Lake City Weekly 30Sep99 P2
by D.P. Sorensen
The editor of the University of Utah's Daily Chronicle suggested on
August 30th that Karen Huntsman, wife of billionaire Jon Huntsman,
one of the University's largest benefactors, may not be qualified for
the Utah Board of Regents. Huntsman had just been re-appointed to a
seat on the Board of Regents by Utah Governor Mike Leavitt. The
Chronicle's editor-in-chief, Dave Hancock, suggested that since
Huntsman does not have a bachelor's degree, that she shouldn't be on
the Board of Regents, which oversees Utah's schools.
The editorial caused a storm of controversy, leading former
University Presidents and professors to either call Hancock
personally or criticize him publicly for his suggestion. The
Chronicle received many letters criticizing the suggestion.
And now Salt Lake City Weekly's columnist Sorensen has joined in,
seeing humor in the furor. Sorensen suggests, with tongue firmly in
cheek, that education or accomplishment has never been a criterion
for a place on the Board, so maybe Leavitt should appoint an illegal
alien (or, as he calls them, an 'international food worker') to the
Huntsman does have a long record of volunteer service, including
serving with her husband while he presided over the Washington D.C.
Mission. She is the daughter of Apostle David B. Haight.
On Karen Huntsman and The Chronicle
Daily Chronicle 4Oct99 P2
By Dave Hancock