Tooele Technical Education Boss to Retire
Scott J. Snelson Credited with Creation of Tooele Applied Technology College
Tooele, Utah – After a distinguished career that includes eight years as Tooele Applied Technology College’s (TATC) first President, Scott J. Snelson will retire at the end of this year.
“I will forever cherish the numerous relationships established with students, faculty, staff, employers, government and education leaders, community members and legislators,” Mr. Snelson said in announcing his departure. “The future is bright for TATC and I look forward to watching it continue to grow and develop. I appreciate the opportunity of experiencing and enjoying a wonderful adventure and extremely rewarding career.”
President of Tooele Applied Technology College since its establishment in 2009,
Mr. Snelson has provided over 30 years of dedicated service to Career and Technical Education as an instructor, high school administrator, state administrator, national consultant, and college president.
“President Snelson’s leadership in bringing a state-of-the-art technical education facility to Tooele and then leading it with focus and determination is a wonderful capstone to an already outstanding career,” said UCAT Chairman Jim Evans. “Technical education in Utah is in a great place today due in large part to Scott Snelson’s commitment to excellence in education and students at-large.”
Joyce Hogan, Chair of the TATC Board of Directors stated, “President Snelson is and has been a vital force in the initial planning, development, and completion of the TATC, which includes program development and a state-of-the-art facility. His leadership representing the college in the community has been integral to the planning and progress of the Tooele County Education and Training Corridor, which is a critical component for economic development in Tooele County.”
“We will miss Scott’s leadership and professionalism at TATC,” added Utah Commissioner of Technical Education Dave Woolstenhulme. “His impact on the creation of the college and on technical education in Utah over his career is significant. I have worked with Scott for many years and have always found his passion for student development and achievement to be truly remarkable.”
Mr. Snelson began his career as an instructor at Roy High School, followed by various high school administrative positions and then as a State Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education. He also served as Vice President of Student Services at Mountainland Applied Technology College and as Acting President of the former Salt Lake/Tooele Applied Technology College.
As the Chair of the National Consortium on Health Science Education and Utah State Specialist for Health Science and Technology Education, Mr. Snelson played a critical role in the implementation of Utah’s Health Science Pathway. He is also responsible for the development and implementation of Utah’s ‘School-to-Work’ program and ‘Career Apprenticeship $tarts Here (CA$H)’ program.
A recipient of the ‘Outstanding Leadership’ Award from the U.S. Department of Labor and ‘Arch of Fame’ Award from the National Association for Career and Technical Education, President Snelson is active in the community and is involved with numerous national, state and community organizations.
President Snelson’s retirement takes effect on December 31, 2017. His replacement will assume the position on January 1, 2018. The process for replacing President Snelson is underway at the direction of the Commissioner of Technical Education.