New College President Announced

President Mercier (Retired) and New President-Elect Jim Taggart

President Collette Mercier (left) retires after 32 years of dedicated service with the Ogden-Weber Tech College. Jim Taggart (right) has been chosen to take her place, as announced by the Utah College of Applied Technology’s Board of Trustees.

Mr. Taggart has over two decades of experience as a technical educator and leader at Ogden-Weber Tech College. He began his career as a health sciences instructor and helped support the development and growth of the college’s health programs. He has also held positions at the college as program development and institutional effectiveness manager, and vice president for student services.

Prior to being named president, Mr. Taggart has been the vice president for instructional services. As the chief instructional officer, he was responsible for the college’s instructional programs, institutional accreditation, employer engagement, Custom Fit training and workforce development. Mr. Taggart has been actively engaged in the development of seamless educational pathways between school district programs, Ogden-Weber Tech College and Weber State University.

Mr. Taggart holds a bachelor’s degree in health services training and promotion from Weber State University and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Utah State University (USU). At USU he received an Outstanding Scholar award from the Department of Instructional Technology and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. He is also the 1999 recipient of the Ogden-Weber Tech College Outstanding Instructor Award.

An active member of community, economic and workforce development organizations, Mr. Taggart sits on the board of directors for Utah’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI). He is also a member of Weber County Production Managers, Top of Utah Military Affairs Committee, Northern Utah Workforce Development Alliance, and IMAGE de Northern Utah.

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