President Mortensen's Biography

Brad MortensenDr. Brad L. Mortensen became the 13th president of Weber State University on January 1, 2019, with a call to action for the Weber State family to “Become louder and prouder about Weber State University.” Two recent 2021 rankings -- #19 in the nation by AffordableSchools.net for affordability and outcomes and #2 “Best for Vets” by Military Times --  demonstrate the Weber State’s great, Great, GREAT success and progress toward achieving the vision of being “a leader in transforming lives by meeting all students where they are, challenging and guiding them to achieve their goals academically and in life.”

Brad--as he prefers to be called--strives to be accessible to all in his effort to be a listening, learning president. He believes his primary roles are (1) to unleash the creative potential of Weber State’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners, and (2) to guide Weber State to be not just a university that imparts learning, but a university that itself is learning.

While serving as president, Brad has been particularly proud to celebrate numerous major accomplishments with campus colleagues. A few highlights include:

  • Holding commencement ceremonies for the two biggest graduating classes in Weber State history and the first cohort of doctoral graduates during the COVID-19 pandemic.
     
  • Establishing a new strategic plan - “Weber State Amplified: A 5-Year Plan for Growth” - which includes:
    • revised mission, vision, and values statements;
    • an equity lens to create conditions for meaningful learning and academic excellence for everyone; and
    • five strategic goals encompassing (1) equity, diversity, and inclusion, (2) retention and completion, (3) personal connections and academic excellence, (4) growing the community anchor mission, and (5) marketing and branding.
       
  • Expanding campus facilities with ribbon cuttings for Lindquist Hall, the Computer & Automotive Engineering Building, Outdoor Adventure & Welcome Center, Youngberg Football Center, and Sark’s Boys Gateway at Stewart Stadium, and future campus developments underway with the Noorda Engineering, Applied Science & Technology Building and the Ogden Bus Rapid Transit route through the core of the Ogden campus.
  • Hosting the 2019 National Dual Mission Institution Summit to highlight Weber State’s 60-year history as an open enrollment regional university that serves community college and associate’s degree needs of our region.
     
  • Facilitating expanded partnerships with Ogden-Weber and Davis technical colleges, the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health, Falcon Hill Aerospace Research Park, and the Northern Utah Economic Alliance.

Brad joined Weber State in 2004 as assistant vice president for auxiliary and support services and served as vice president of university advancement from 2007 through 2018. As vice president, he led efforts in alumni relations, economic development, government relations, marketing and communications, and development, including the successful Dream 125: Campaign for Weber State comprehensive fundraising effort which concluded in 2016 after raising $164 million.

Beyond the campus, Brad has been active with several Northern Utah organizations. He served as chair for the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Northern Utah and was recognized by Utah Business as a 2018 CXO of the Year.

Prior to coming to Weber State, his professional endeavors included the Utah System of Higher Education, Utah governor’s office, Arizona legislature, and two policy fellowships.

Brad earned an associate’s degree from Ricks College, a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, a master’s degree from Syracuse University, and a doctoral degree from the University of Utah.

Originally from Lyman, Idaho, Brad and his wife, Camille (a 2021 WSU alumna), are the parents of four children, including one who graduated from Weber State, and two others who are currently attending as traditional and early college students.

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