CEDAR CITY -- Southern Utah University is naming a new center that will study public lands for Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
The Deseret News of Salt Lake City reports (http://bit.ly/oQFcWG) the center will be dedicated Thursday, when the senator is speaking at the university in Cedar City, Utah.
Reid graduated from the school in 1959.
Associate director of SUU's Center for Politics and Public Service Jon McNaughton says the center will incorporate elements of several existing programs. Students will have an opportunity to do research or internships tied to public lands.
Former Republican Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah says the center's focus will be multiple uses for public lands, including recreation and preservation.
Bennett says Reid understands the challenges associated with public lands in the West.