Stan L. Albrecht

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Stan LeRoy Albrecht (born July 13, 1942)[1] is an American educator, university administrator, and scholar. He served as the president of Utah State University from 2005 to 2016.

Early life and education[edit]

Albrecht was raised on a farm near the tiny town of Fremont in Wayne County, Utah. He was an undergraduate student at Southern Utah State College (now known as Southern Utah University) and BYU, initially majoring in veterinary science, but soon switching to political science and history, and then to sociology. Albrecht completed both his master's and doctorate degrees in sociology from Washington State University.[2]


Albrecht's first teaching job was at USU in 1970. Shortly after, he accepted a faculty position at BYU where he worked for more than twenty years, first as a professor, then as department head, then dean, then academic vice president and associate provost. Following his time there, Albrecht accepted a research position as associate director of the epidemiological research center at the University of Florida Medical School.[2] He became Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at USU in 1998, serving until 2001, when he was named provost of the university. Albrecht was appointed president of Utah State University on February 1, 2005.[2]

Albrecht took office during a period of turmoil at Utah State, highlighted by a van accident which killed eight students and a faculty member returning from an agricultural research trip. During his tenure, he has raised major funds for the improvement of USU's statewide Regional Campus system. He oversaw an increase in enrollment, added the Energy Dynamics Lab and a new college, and built numerous new facilities on and around campus. Fundraising has been a central aspect of his administration, as he initiated a $400 million campaign in 2007. The initial goal of $200 million was reached within one year and so the goal was doubled and the campaign extended to 2012.[3]


Albrecht wrote the book Divorce and Remarriage: Problems, Adaptations and Adjustments with Howard M. Bahr and Kristen L. Goodman. Albrecht also co-authored articles with Marie Cornwall and Bruce A. Chadwick among others.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Middle name and birth year from Albrecht's thesis and dissertation at his alma mater. "Albrecht Stan Leroy 1942". Griffin Catalog. Washington State University Libraries. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  2. ^ a b c Koerner, Jane (Summer 2005), "The People's President", Utah State Magazine, 11 (2) 
  3. ^ Carr, Jeff (Fall 2009), "President Stan L. Albrecht: Five Years In", Utah State Magazine, 15 (3) 

Preceded by
Kermit L. Hall
President of Utah State University
February 1, 2005–2017
Succeeded by
Noelle E. Cockett