Finalists Announced for UCAT Commissioner

September 3, 2016

Utah College of Applied Technology


 September 3, 2016

Contact: Joseph M. Demma, (801) 300-3072 (m)


Finalists Announced for UCAT Commissioner


What:  Jim Evans, Chairman of the Utah College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees announced that a search committee has recommended four finalists for the vacant position of Commissioner of Technical Education.  “We are thrilled at the quality of candidates who have applied to be UCAT Commissioner,” said Mr. Evans.  “With over 35,000 students across eight colleges throughout the state, UCAT is a key player in Utah’s robust economy.  I look forward to the Board having a thorough discussion with the finalists as we seek a Commissioner to lead UCAT during this exciting time.”

The four finalists, who will be interviewed by the full Board of Trustees at their quarterly meeting on September 14, 2016, are (in alphabetical order, by last name):

  • Jared A. Haines
  • James D. King
  • Stanford E. Lockhart
  • David R. Woolstenhulme

Information on each candidate is provided below


Why:  Following the retirement of former UCAT President Rob Brems in March 2016, the Board of Trustees opened a national recruitment for the position (renamed ‘Commissioner of Technical Education’ by the 2016 Legislature).  As part of the process, the Board appointed a 13-member search committee to recruit, interview and recommend finalists to the full Board.  Members are: 

  • Jim Evans, Board Chair, UCAT
  • Steven R. Moore, Board Vice-Chair, UCAT
  • Mike Angus, UCAT Trustee & Uintah Basin ATC Representative
  • Val Hale, UCAT Trustee & GOED Executive Director
  • Michael E. Jensen, UCAT Trustee & Davis ATC Representative
  • Chad Campbell, President, Bridgerland ATC
  • Scott Snelson, President, Tooele ATC
  • Brennan Wood, President, Southwest ATC
  • Mike Housely, Board Member, Dixie ATC
  • Tyler Brinkerhoff, Associate Commissioner, UCAT
  • Senator Evan Vickers, State Senate Appointee
  • Representative Keith Grover, State House Appointee
  • Tami Pyfer, Gubernatorial Appointee 

Next Steps:   The public are invited to provide input on the finalists through email:

The UCAT Board of Trustees will meet on September 14, 2016 to interview the finalists and select one name to forward to the Governor, who will formalize the selection and advance the candidate to the State Senate for confirmation.

Commissioner Finalists:  In alphabetical order, by last name


Jared A. Haines, Acting Commissioner of Technical Education, Utah College of Applied Technology


Prior to his appointment as Acting Commissioner of UCAT in March 2016, Mr. Haines served 11 years as UCAT Vice President for Instruction, Student Services and Public Relations.  Mr. Haines also served as Vice President of the Mountainland Applied Technology College (2001-2004) and Associate Dean, Director & Manager of the Mountainland Applied Technology Center (1994-2001).  Mr. Haines holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Organizational Behavior degree, both from Brigham Young University.


James D. King, Vice Chancellor, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology


Mr. King is the Vice Chancellor of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, a post he has held for 17 years.  As Vice-Chancellor, Mr. King is a member of the Senior Staff of the Tennessee Board of Regents.  Mr. King also served as Director of the Tennessee Technology Centers in Jackson, TN (1997-1999), Memphis, TN (1996-1997) and Crump, TN (1986-1997).  Mr. King holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee-Martin and a Master of Education degree from the University of Memphis.


Stanford E. Lockhart, Member, Utah State Board of Education

Stan Lockhart

Appointed to the Utah State Board of Education in 2015, Mr. Lockhart was a Government Affairs Manager for IM Flash/Micron for 19 years. Mr. Lockhart, a member of the Utah STEM Action Center Board of Directors since 2013, also served as Chairman of the Utah Republican Party (2007-2009), is a former elected member of the Provo City Council (1999 – 2003) and has raised millions of dollars leading engineering and STEM initiatives in Utah. Mr. Lockhart holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University.


David R. Woolstenhulme, Executive Vice Provost, Utah State University


Dr. Woolstenhulme is the Executive Vice Provost at Utah State University, a post he has held since 2014.  A former President of the Uintah Basin Applied Technology College (2012-2014), Mr. Woolstenhulme also served at Utah State University’s Uintah Basin Regional Campus as the Associate Director (2011-2012), Executive in Residence, Huntsman School of Business (2008-2012), Interim Executive Director (2006-2008) and Director of Student Services (2002-2006).  Dr. Woolstenhulme holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science Degree, both from Utah State University and a Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Wyoming.



About UCAT:   The Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT) is governed by the Board of Trustees and includes Utah’s eight regional applied technology colleges (ATCs).  Established by the State of Utah, UCAT provides market-driven technical education through eight ATCs meeting the needs of Utah’s employers for skilled workers.

The ATCs prepare both adult and high school students to enter or advance in the workplace. UCAT’s eight colleges support offer 428 accredited programs to over 35,000 students, preparing them for a variety of technical fields. Customized training is also provided to employers for their workforce through UCAT’s Custom Fit program.

The eight ATCs are Bridgerland, Davis, Dixie, Mountainland, Ogden/Weber, Southwest, Tooele and Uintah Basin.  For more information, visit