Webb: legislative move for Weber St. engineering program ‘dilutes’ other institutions

State Board of Regents member Anthony Morgan has resigned in protest of state lawmakers’ approval of Weber State University’s proposed engineering program, saying it was an unwarranted reach into Regents’ policy-setting authority. Local legislator Curt Webb, Republican District 5 Representative, says he was very uncomfortable with the way it passed and he voted against the bill, as did other legislators from Cache County. Webb says the regents were right not to have approved the engineering program to begin with. “The universities really need to have missions. Our research universities are Utah State and the University of Utah. Engineering is one of those missions. To dilute that program by spreading it around to other institutions around the state jeopardizes the amount of funding that we can get and dilutes the program.” On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, Webb said he felt very uncomfortable when lawmakers from Weber and Davis counties created an amendment to another bill and were able to get it passed outside the jurisdiction of the Regents. Webb is running for re-election and he faces two challengers: Republican Chuck Bateman and Democrat Paige Pagnucco.

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