Leavitt Donates Personal Collection to SUU

Leavitt Donates Personal Collection to SUU

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt is donating personal papers and memoirs from his days as Utah's governor to his alma mater, Southern Utah University.

The collection is expected to include private notes, correspondence and memoirs and records from Leavitt, who stepped down as governor to take over as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The items will be displayed in a specially designed room at the school's Sherratt Library.

Leavitt was unable to attend the announcement, which was made during homecoming festivities at a luncheon Saturday by school president Steven Bennion.

Leavitt did issue a prepared statement through the school, which was still Southern Utah State College when he graduated in 1978.

"SUU and Cedar City were the places that made the most sense, in both my mind and my heart, for this collection to reside," said Leavitt, who is from Cedar City.

The exhibit is expected to open late in the 2006 spring semester.

"The Leavitt Collection will be a tremendous addition to the resources of the university, the state of Utah and the nation. His legacy as a public leader is remarkable," Bennion said.

The collection is also likely to feature relics from the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Grand Staircase development and the Interstate 15 construction project.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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