Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more information.
OGDEN — Weber State University President Charles Wight is moving to Maryland.
Wight, who announced Jan. 18 he was stepping down after five years at Weber State, was selected president of Salisbury University in Maryland, a news release sent by Salisbury University Tuesday morning said. His appointment is effective July 1.
Wight told the Standard-Examiner he had a final interview Friday afternoon with the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. He received an offer during the weekend and formally accepted the position Monday after some negotiations.
“Salisbury is a really good fit for me,” Wight said. “It’s a great university. Students there are successful.”
The announcement came a day after Wight was scheduled to interview with Idaho’s board of education as he was also under consideration to lead Idaho State University.
James Brady, University System of Maryland Board of Regents chair, said Tuesday in the release the board was delighted to have Wight as president of the university.
“His list of accomplishments at Weber State University reflects a visionary style that helped his institution attain the kinds of successes that align with current priorities at Salisbury,” Brady said.
Wight’s last day as president of Weber State University is April 30. Last week, the Utah State Board of Regents named Norm Tarbox, Weber State’s vice president for administrative services, interim president effective May 1.
The board will host two town halls Wednesday, April 4, to gather input from the community as to what they want to see in the new university president. The town halls will be at 4 p.m. in Dumke Legacy Hall at the Ogden campus and at 7 p.m. in Building 3 at the Davis campus.
Wight said the move to Maryland will also allow him to be closer to his dad and sister, who both live in the state. He said he will come back to Utah to visit his grandkids.
“We are going to miss this place tremendously and I expect to come back to visit often,” Wight said. “It has been a tremendous honor for me to be president of Weber State.”
During his tenure at Weber State, Wight expanded the scope of the Dream Weber program to make access to college more affordable, supported a fundraising campaign that raised more than $164 million and increased the university enrollment by 4 percent from 2016 to 2017.
He also created the chief diversity officer and assistant vice president for diversity positions at Weber State, roles occupied by Adrienne Andrews. He also created the university’s LGBT Resource Center.
Robert Caret, University System of Maryland chancellor, said in a news release Tuesday Wight’s experience at Weber State will further Salisbury University’s growth and traditions.
“In an era of competing pressures on higher education, Charles Wight realized an impressive number of milestones during roughly five years of leading Weber State,” Caret said. “His acumen in fundraising, growing student enrollment, and working seamlessly with state and private funding sources position him well to continue Salisbury University’s strong tradition of success.”