I remember very clearly the day Sherrie Hall Everett was appointed to represent Utah County on the UTA Board of Trustees. I called people I know in UC that knew her, and heard that she was no-nonsense, get things done "reformer". When I called her to welcome her to the Board, I got the same impression. How did she do that? She didn't come in looking for sound bites. She didn't come in looking to see what she could destroy. She came in and learned about stuff. She figured out where she could make a difference, and did so. She still is. She's Vice Chair now, because she's good at what she does. Despite media reports to the contrary, no Board member that I served with is getting rich off this service. In fact, most of us took a financial hit to serve. That's their choice. The hits to their character taken daily are NOT what they signed on for. My suggestion to ANY new Trustee serving on this Board is to listen, learn and THEN make a real difference. Do the work first. Is the agency perfect? Certainly not. Are they trying their hardest? No doubt in my mind. Have the changes made any difference? Yes. Thank you, Sherrie for being willing to stand in the crosshairs be part of the change.
—Chris Sloan, UTA Board of Trustees, Former Vice Chair