Charles A. Wight

Summary

Charles A. "Chuck" Wight is the ninth president of Salisbury University, a master's-level university located in Salisbury, Maryland.[1]

Charles A. Wight
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In 2018
9th President of Salisbury University
Assumed office
July 1, 2018
Preceded byJanet Dudley-Eshbach
Succeeded byDr. Carolyn Ringer Lepre
12th President of Weber State University
In office
January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2018
Preceded byF. Ann Millner
Succeeded byNorm Tarbox (acting)
Brad L. Mortensen
Personal details
BornGlen Cove, New York
NationalityAmerican
Residence(s)Maryland
Alma materUniversity of Virginia, California Institute of Technology
OccupationUniversity administrator, chemist
Websitechuckwight.org
Scientific career
Fieldspropellant chemistry
InstitutionsUniversity of Utah
ThesisChemical applications of infrared laser photochemistry (1982)
Doctoral advisorJesse L. Beauchamp

BiographyEdit

Born in Glen Cove, New York,[2] Wight earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1977 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech),[3][4][5] where his advisor was Jesse L. Beauchamp. After completing postdoctoral work for the University of Colorado, he spent nearly three decades as a chemistry faculty member then administrator at the University of Utah, where his roles included dean of the graduate school, assistant vice president of continuing education and others.[6] He served as president of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, from 2012-2018 [7] and became the ninth president of Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland, on July 1, 2018.[8]

Presidential tenure at Weber State UniversityEdit

On Oct. 9, 2012, the Utah State Board of Regents selected Wight as president of Weber State University.[9] He officially took over for President F. Ann Millner on Jan. 1, 2013, with an inauguration celebration on Oct. 22 of that year.[10] During his inaugural address, Wight outlined five priorities: keeping college affordable, beautiful and sustainable campuses, innovative teaching, increasing campus diversity, and increasing connections between the university and community.[11] Toward those ends, his tenure has included the creation of a chief diversity officer position within the university,[12] the establishment of a college town charter[13] between the university and Ogden City and the creation of the university's largest solar array.[14] For the aforementioned college town charter and associated relationship, Ogden City and WSU received the 2015 Larry Abernathy Award from the Clemson Joint City University Board. The award, which recognizes excellent college town relationships, is given at the International Town & Gown Association's annual conference.[15] Vice President for Administrative Services Norm Tarbox replaced Wight as acting president on May 1, 2018.[16]

Presidential tenure at Salisbury UniversityEdit

On Apr. 3, 2018, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents announced Wight had been selected as Salisbury University's ninth president.[17] He officially succeeded President Janet Dudley-Eshbach on July 1, 2018.[18] During his introduction to campus, he said he wanted SU to be “a school that continues to grow, and we want a school that continues to be higher and higher quality.” [19] He has since stressed his desire for a student-centric campus [20] and outlined goals similar to those he met at Weber State: college affordability, diversity and inclusion, maintaining a beautiful and sustainable campus, improving student success and building mutually positive relationships with the community.[21]

On October 7, 2021, Wight announced that he would step down as President of Salisbury University on June 30, 2022, citing health concerns.[22] Wight will be succeeded by Dr. Carolyn Ringer Lepre effective July 15, 2022. [23]

Academic emphasisEdit

Wight has expertise in the chemistry of explosives, particularly the decomposition and combustion reactions of high explosives and propellants. His research has developed computational models of propellant combustion and detonation for use in simulations for the now-decommissioned Center for Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosions (C-SAFE).[24] Wight served as deputy director of C-SAFE from 2002 to 2010.[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ University, Salisbury. "Salisbury University - A Maryland University of National Distinction". Salisbury University. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  2. ^ Hendricks, Amy. "The Chemist Who Became President". Wildcat Magazine. Weber State University. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  3. ^ Wight, Charles Albert (1982). Chemical applications of infrared laser photochemistry (Ph.D.). California Institute of Technology. OCLC 436995385 – via ProQuest.
  4. ^ "CHARLES A. WIGHT". Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  5. ^ Wight, Charles. "Chuck Wight LinkedIn Page". LinkedIn. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  6. ^ Hendricks, Amy. "The Chemist Who Became President". Wildcat Magazine. Weber State University. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Charles A. Wight (2013-2018)".
  8. ^ "SU Welcomes President Charles Wight".
  9. ^ "Charles A. Wight Named New WSU President Beginning Jan. 1". www.weber.edu. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  10. ^ "Inauguration". www.weber.edu. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Inaugural Address". www.weber.edu. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Chief Diversity Officer". www.weber.edu. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  13. ^ Shaw, Mitch. "Ogden OKs College Town Charter". Brandon Erlacher. Standard-Examiner. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  14. ^ Badali, Rachel. "WSU Unveiling University's Largest Solar Project". www.weber.edu. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  15. ^ Barlow Hess, Allison. "WSU, Ogden Partnership Honored Internationally". Weber State University. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Board of Regents appoint Dr. Norm Tarbox as interim president of Weber State University, effective May 1", Weber State University, March 30, 2018
  17. ^ "Charles Wight Named President of Salisbury University".
  18. ^ "Salisbury University's new president Charles Wight welcomed to campus".
  19. ^ "Salisbury University's new president Charles Wight welcomed to campus".
  20. ^ "Salisbury University's new president Charles Wight welcomed to campus".
  21. ^ "Salisbury University's new president Charles Wight welcomed to campus".
  22. ^ Flaks, Rob (October 7, 2021). "SU President to step down". WMDT. Retrieved November 28, 2021.
  23. ^ University, Salisbury. "The Search for Salisbury University's 10th President". Salisbury University. Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  24. ^ "Center for Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosions - DOE".
  25. ^ "Center for Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosions - DOE".

External linksEdit

Official website

Academic offices
Preceded by 12th President of Weber State University
2012 – 2018
Succeeded by
Norm Tarbox (acting)
Preceded by 9th President of Salisbury University
2018 – present
Incumbent