Sutherland announces Boyd Matheson as new president [UPH Wire]

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2016

Contact: David Buer
Sutherland Institute
Director of Communications
801-355-1272 (w)

*Sutherland Institute names Boyd Matheson as new president*

SALT LAKE CITY—Sutherland Institute’s Board of Trustees is pleased to
announce the hiring of Boyd Matheson as president of the Institute.

Matheson, former chief of staff for Utah Sen. Mike Lee, will be formally
introduced as president Wednesday, March 30, in downtown Salt Lake City and
is slated to take the helm April 4, allowing board chairman Stan Swim to
conclude his service as interim president.

“It is with deep humility and gratitude that I accept this position with
Sutherland Institute,” Matheson said. “Sutherland is an organization with a
rich history and a reputation for its thoughtful approach to ‘making sound
ideas broadly popular among governmental, opinion, and business leaders,
and the citizens generally,’ as envisioned by the words of Sutherland
Institute’s founder, Gaylord Swim. His vision guides me:

‘This process requires strong advocates, certainly, but it also takes a
counter-balancing sense of humility, civility, and dialogue. Utahns have
the capacity, the character, and thus the potential to lead out among the
states. The Sutherland Dream is that we will adopt and implement public
policies that will be the envy of, and set a standard for, the nation.’”

Matheson added, “I wish to convey to the Board my deep appreciation for
their faith in me – which faith I hope is rapidly replaced by the kind of
confidence that comes from extraordinary results. I look forward to working
with the board, supporters, staff and the community in this next important
season for Sutherland Institute.”

“As my chief of staff, Boyd was an astute adviser and a dear friend,” said
Sen. Lee. “He was an essential bridge builder whose thoughtful judgment I
trusted implicitly. Boyd is, in the words of essayist William George
Jordan, one of the ‘reformers of the world’ – ‘its men of mighty purpose.
They are men with the courage of individual conviction.’ I am confident he
will assist Sutherland Institute in their critical efforts to reform how
government works and civil society thrives.”

Matheson emerged as the Sutherland board’s choice after a nationwide search
involving dozens of potential candidates and numerous conversations.
“Everyone who knows Boyd can attest to his leadership, his character and
his team-building capacity,” Swim said. “We are confident his deep grasp of
America’s foundational principles and the vision he laid out for the
Institute will help Sutherland to have an even greater impact at the state
and national levels.”

In addition to his service as Sen. Lee’s chief of staff, Matheson most
recently built a successful political consulting firm advising national and
state elected officials and candidates. From 2005 to 2012, he served as
president of Trillium Strategies, a consulting firm focused on branding,
business transformation and operational excellence.

Sutherland Institute is a nonpartisan, state-based public policy
organization located in Salt Lake City. Its mission: protecting freedom,
constructively influencing Utah’s decision-makers, and promoting
responsible citizenship. Sutherland Institute is recognized as the leading
conservative think tank in the state of Utah.

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