Brigham Young University's Romney Institute of Public Management named Utah State Treasurer Edward T. Alter as the 2003 Administrator of the Year. Alter has been treasurer since 1980.
Addressing public management students and faculty at a banquet held in his honor, Alter said, "I have a brief plea to all of you to keep statesmanship and civility in mind as you serve in the public arena. We need to be the ones who are polite and who are civil and who are gracious."
Romney Institute Chair Robert Parsons says, "Ed Alter exemplifies a man of vision, integrity and hard work. He has served well as treasurer for the state of Utah. It was an honor for us to present him with this award."
Alter has been a member of the Utah State Retirement Board since 1981 and served as president of the board for nine years. He is also a member of the State Bonding Commission, the Private Activity Bond Review Board and the Utah Housing Finance Agency Board. He earned a B.A. degree in banking and finance in 1966 and an MBA degree from the University of Utah in 1967.
The Romney Institute has presented this award annually since 1972. Institute faculty members nominate and select an outstanding man or woman who has achieved distinction after many years in public sector management. Past recipients include Calvin Rampton, former Utah state governor; Neal Maxwell, former Commissioner of Education and a current member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and William H. Hansell, executive director of the International City/County Management Association.
The Romney Institute of Public Management was named in 1998 for three-term Michigan Governor George W. Romney. Part of BYU's Marriott School of Management, the Romney Institute offers a master's degree in public administration through both preservice and executive programs.
The Romney Institute has a long tradition of preparing young people for careers in public service and is dedicated to educating men and women of faith, character and professional ability who will become outstanding managers and leaders in public and not-for-profit institutions worldwide.
Writer: Joseph Ogden