Former Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt will be honored as “A Giant In Our City” on April 10, 2014. The award is presented by the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest and longest-serving statewide business association, and is recognized as the most prestigious business award given in Utah. Gov. Leavitt will be the 35th person to receive the award in its 44-year history.
An accomplished businessman and public servant, Gov. Leavitt served as Utah’s chief executive from 1993-2003. One of only two Utah governors to be elected three times, Leavitt was appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in 2003 by Pres. George W. Bush. In 2005 Pres. Bush named him secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, a position he held until 2009.
During his service as governor, Utah had the longest sustained economic expansion in modern state history. Among his many notable achievements, Gov. Leavitt founded Western Governors University, served as governor during 2002 Winter Olympic Games and modernized Utah’s transportation system with an expansion of I-15 in Salt Lake County.
Following his service in the Bush administration, Gov. Leavitt returned to Utah where he established Leavitt Partners, a health care intelligence firm that helps clients navigate the future as they transition to better models of care.
“Gov. Leavitt has given so much to our state throughout his remarkable career,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “From his public service to his success in the private sector, he has had the vision and determination that has elevated the quality of life for all Utahns. He is very deserving of this honor.”
“Utah still benefits from the tremendous leadership Gov. Leavitt provided during his tenure as governor,” said Ron Jibson, president, CEO and chairman of Questar Corp., and chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors. “His contributions to our business community are also surpassed only by his dedicated public service. We are excited to honor him as A Giant In Our City.”
About A Giant In Our City
The Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors established the Giant In Our City award in 1969. The award was created to honor exceptional and distinguished public service and extraordinary professional achievement. It is considered the Chamber’s most prestigious award and is given periodically by the Chamber Board of Governors.