Former SUU provost and professor passes away

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Dr. Terry Alger, former SUU provost and professor, passed away on the evening of July 5 at the age of 78.

Alger committed his entire life to higher education spending more than 30 years in the classroom and serving 18 years as the Provost for SUU.

During his tenure, Alger had a clear understanding of what was needed to increase the institution’s stature and recognized that by building upon the founding ideals and strengthening existing programs the college would achieve long term success and stability.

Born in Carbon County, Utah, Alger graduated from Carbon High School and attended West Point where he played football and lacrosse.  He went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Utah and completed post-doctorate work at the University of Illinois. He taught chemistry at Utah State University and at the University of Utah. He also served the Utah System of Higher Education for nine years as the Associate Director and Acting Deputy Commissioner for Academic Affairs.  In 1981, President Orville Carnahan recruited Alger to be SUU’s new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Terry and his late wife Kay Alger have two children, Mitch and Paula, who have both worked at SUU, and three grandchildren.  He was currently married to Janet Nakken Alger.

“SUU has lost a friend and leader, and he will be missed,” said Vice President for Alumni and Community Relations Mindy Benson. “Terry played a critical role as Provost during a pivotal time of growth. He remained active on campus throughout his retirement, serving as a board member and past president of the SUU Emeriti organization. Our thoughts go out to his family.”

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