SUMMA CUM LAUDE
Each year at the Annual University Conference, outstanding faculty, administrators, and staff are honored. Here are the 2014 winners.
Political science professor David B. Magleby (’81), who served as dean of the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences for 10 years, has made a difference at BYU and beyond. Magleby’s research has been cited by the Supreme Court and consulted in political campaigns. “He really bridges that divide between academics and practitioners very well,” says colleague Jay Goodliffe, who also noted Magleby’s quickness to bring innovative ideas to the classroom. Besides authoring an oft-used introductory American politics textbook, Magleby has involved hundreds of students in election polling by establishing the KBYU–Utah Colleges Exit Poll in 1982. Magleby will deliver the Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecture at a university forum assembly in 2015.
Holly Glazier Skelton (BS ’11) has served as assistant to six deans in the College of Nursing—experience that Patricia McArthur Ravert (BS ’75, MS ’94) has appreciated since being named dean two years ago. “She’s never been stumped by anything I’ve asked,” says Ravert. “If she doesn’t know the answer, she knows who to call. Her knowledge of the university and college is a huge benefit and asset.” Skelton handled the details behind the college’s 60th-anniversary celebration in 2012. An active member of the university employee giving committee, she has encouraged a high percentage of nursing staff and faculty to donate to the United Way.
Paul H. Bringhurst (BS ’74, MPA ’89) was serving at BYU back when dean of students Vernon L. Heperi (BA ’91, EdD ’02) was a student. “His way of serving now is the same as it was back then,” says Heperi. “He’s affable, he’s flexible, and he always brings solutions.” Bringhurst now serves the more than 50 departments located in the Wilkinson Student Center as the building’s general manager. Bringhurst fought three diagnoses of cancer, each draining him of health and energy, while rarely missing a day of work. “The thing that makes Paul stand out most to me is his heart for people, his desire to serve and help others,” says Heperi.