Utah Tech University president’s State of the University Address to share 10 years of growth

Sharing the accomplishments Utah Tech University has achieved in the last decade since securing university status, President Richard “Biff” Williams will present his annual State of the University Address as a 10-year overview of the university’s growth.

The address is set to take place at 11 a.m. on Sept. 20 in the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center on the Utah Tech campus. The community is invited to attend this free public event, and lunch will be served immediately afterward.

“In the last decade, Utah Tech University has grown in every measurable way, thanks to countless students, alumni, community members, faculty and staff who have dedicated their time and effort to build a distinguished university that will continue to benefit our community for generations to come,” Williams said. “I am proud of the comprehensive, quality education we provide thousands of students every semester through these efforts.”

Since securing university status on Feb. 16, 2013, Utah Tech has added 204 programs across all academic disciplines, including humanities, arts, education, health sciences, business and STEM. The university also has maintained its commitment to affordability, remaining the most affordable university in Utah while nearly doubling scholarship and financial aid funds awarded to students from $10.4 million to $19.8 million.

Additionally, Utah Tech’s enrollment has increased by 42 percent from 8,863 students in the 2012-13 academic year to 12,556 in 2022-23. Not only are more students coming to Utah Tech, more are finishing their degrees. The number of degrees awarded has increased by 60 percent and the university has awarded 24,409 degrees since 2013.

To accommodate the influx in students, Utah Tech University has built or renovated 42 spaces throughout the last 10 years. In addition to providing students with state-of-the-art labs and learning spaces, this growth has allowed the university to host more community events and offer programming such as Institute for Continued Learning classes and clubs, Community Education classes and workshops and business development resources at Atwood Innovation Plaza.

As Utah Tech looks forward to the next decade and beyond, it continues to grow as an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university to meet student and community needs.

For more information about Utah Tech University’s growth over the last decade or details about the State of the University Address, visit utahtech.edu/stateoftheuniversity.