First lady Joyce Albrecht
, who has been married to Stan for 11 years ("We are probably past the newlywed stage by now ...
The Associate Vice President of University Advancement
position has given her
the opportunity to work closely with her
By sharing this experience, the couple has been able to remain close through what can be called a demanding occupation, she
"We looked at this as a team effort - something we could do together," Joyce
"Sharing a presidency is very rewarding ...
And we are fortunate to share this experience."
After making his
first appearance at USU
in 1970 as an assistant professor in sociology, the Brigham Young University
and Washington State University sociology graduate left Logan in 1974 not to return until the early 1990s as a visiting professor.
During his time away, Albrecht taught at BYU and the State University of New York at Albany.
He also served in administrative positions at BYU.
In 1993, the Utah native moved to the southeastern part of the United States as a research professor at the University of Florida
would finish out his
career in Gainesville, where he
was an affiliate professor and later a professor and associate chair.
But in 1998, Albrecht
received a request from USU
to fill an open position for the dean of the college of humanities, arts and social sciences.
refused - at first.
However, when friends and other "people who cared" heard he
had refused the offer from Utah State
, they started making phone calls reminding him "how special" USU
The support and encouragement from these people eventually motivated him to return to Cache Valley
as dean of HASS
"Utah State University
is fortunate to attract so many outstanding students," he
Albrecht was later promoted to executive vice president and provost at USU before being appointed as the president of the university when Hall left to take over at State University of New York at Albany.
"I have the best job in the world," concedes Albrecht
, admitting, however, that he
does miss teaching on a regular basis.
"Maybe when I finish this I will go back to teaching."
The average day for Albrecht
consists of an early morning breakfast with the Community Cabinet, university donors, faculty or students.
is usually in his
Old Main office by 7:30 a.m., where he
begins a marathon day of meetings with numerous groups of people.
work rarely ends when he
leaves the hill.
On average, Albrecht
entertain at their home 25 nights a month.
And when they're not entertaining there, he
and the first lady are usually working as ambassadors for the university in other cities, states or countries.
"There is not a lot of downtime," Albrecht
"There is not a lot of time for personal time."
"The pace of the position can be overwhelming," she
says - adding that sharing this "experience and its successes" with her
husband is helpful.
After nearly a year-and-a-half as USU president, the 64-year-old Albrecht
says the most challenging time during his
tenure came on Sept. 26, 2005, when eight students and one faculty member were killed in a van accident while traveling home from a field trip in Box Elder County.
The incident has been keyed by many (including Joyce) as "one of the most difficult times in USU history."
However, there could not have been a better man directing the university at the time of this tragedy, Joyce
husband is a compassionate person who was able to personally extend love and comfort to the families of the victims, while also keeping the university on course, she
leadership during this difficult time was amazing," Joyce
In addition to his
leadership skills during a trying time, Joyce
says the president has a clear understanding of USU
- past, present and future - and its challenges and aspirations.
surrounds himself with "good people," who work hard, she
says, and he
has the "ability to build a consensus" among his
may have an idea that not everyone agrees with, she
explains, but is usually able to "get everyone on board."
But most importantly, Joyce
says, "As long as Stan is president, students will always come first."
himself admits when he
is having a rough day, he
is revitalized through the students at USU
: "I talk with the kids and life is good," he
spends most of his
waking hours living and breathing Utah State University
, there is at least one thing Albrecht still finds time to do since he
had to give up golfing, fishing and reading.
continues to garden - a hobby he
developed while growing up in rural Fremont, Utah.
"I like to grow things," he
"There is something satisfying about digging in the soil."
Right now, Albrecht
gardening consists of 18 varieties of heirloom tomato plants.
finds satisfaction and peace in returning to his
Although still early in his
has big plans for the future of Utah State University
First and foremost, he
is working to expand the "USU system" with small campuses throughout the state, including Uintah Basin, Tooele and Brigham City.
says this will create "opportunities for individuals in other areas of the state" to attend USU
also intends on stabilizing enrollment at the university (enrollment for the fall 2006 freshman class is already up 12 percent), as well as the budget.
working on a capital campaign to raise more private funds for the university, and there is also a "large building project that needs to be finished," he
In addition, Albrecht
has intentions of expanding Innovation Campus.
"Stan is working his hardest to make the USU
experience accessible to all who are qualified to come here," Joyce