SUU’s Donna Law Appointed to State Post
Donna Law has been appointed by Utah Governor Spencer Cox as the interim executive director of the Utah Department of Cultural and Community Engagement (CCE). Donna will begin her position with the state on January 3. Law is currently the associate vice president of community and government relations at Southern Utah University.
“We are thrilled by this prestigious appointment by Governor Cox,” said SUU President Mindy Benson. “Donna has been a tremendous asset to SUU for more than 26 years, and has been invaluable representing our university at the Utah State Legislature for the last 11 years. Her extraordinary dedication and passion for furthering the arts and elevating communities everywhere will bless our entire state.”
“Donna brings a wealth of experience in the arts, administration, government relations and communications – a full package of skills that will serve the state’s cultural and community engagement needs well,” Gov. Cox said. “I look forward to working with Donna as we support the rich past, present and future of our great state.”
While at SUU, Law also served as executive director of development and government relations, as a development director, and as director of communications and marketing for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. She left SUU for a time to work as managing director of the Orlando Shakespeare Company and director of development of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. In addition to her position responsibilities, Law taught as an adjunct professor in the Arts Administration program teaching Marketing the Arts, and in the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS) program teaching Non-Profit Management.
Of her work at SUU, Law is most proud of helping to bring about the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. Her legislative efforts also contributed to many other buildings across campus including the business building, Svoboda Geosciences Building, Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Hope, and Bristlecone Hall, as well as a new music building and the expansion of the business building, both of which are in the design process.
Law has served on several boards and committees including on the Utah Transportation Commission, as board member on the RAP Tax Arts Committee, as chair and board member of the Office of Museum Services, as board member of Iron County Republican Women, as chair of the Iron County Tourism Advisory Board, and as vice president of the Shakespeare Theatre Association.
As a breast cancer survivor, Law works with Power in Pink, a local non-profit that serves breast cancer patients and their families. She also serves on the SUMA Advisory Board, the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Hope Advisory Board, and the Learning and Development committee. Law’s service to the SUU campus has earned many awards and recognition including SUMA’s 2023 Friend of the Arts Award, the Thunderbird Award in 2017 for Advisor of the Year, and the 2023 Board of Trustees Award of Excellence.
Law said getting to further the mission of the CCE is a “dream come true.” “With the opportunity to lead this department, I will do everything I can to elevate Utah’s culture, history, heritage, and art in all its forms, colors, and sounds across our great state,” said Law. “I love SUU and the many friends and colleagues I have had the opportunity to work with over the years. I believe in our mission of changing lives and all I have learned has prepared me for this new opportunity.”
Law has a master’s degree in arts administration from Southern Utah University, a bachelor’s degree in business management from Western Governors University, and a public relations certificate from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Her appointment will come before the Utah State Senate for approval in January, 2024. Donna replaces Jill Remington Love, who served for seven years in this position.
(Becki Bronson, SUU Public Relations)