USU names Devin Wiser new VP for Government and External Affairs

Utah State University alumni Devin Wiser has been named vice president for government and external relations at USU. He will assume the position on Sept. 21, 2022.

As vice president, Wiser will report directly to USU President Noelle E. Cockett and comprise part of the executive leadership team.

“Devin has a stellar reputation for his exceptional knowledge of the political landscape at both the state and federal levels,” President Cockett said. “His intensive experience combined with his strategic intelligence and integrity make him an effective leader, and we are excited to have him here at USU.”

Wiser will oversee all levels of government relationships for the university, including development and implementation of federal and state legislative priorities. He will serve as USU’s external liaison by developing and communicating strategies for its campuses, centers and offices throughout the state. Additionally, Wiser will oversee USU’s Institute of Government and Politics.

“I am thrilled to be returning home to Utah State University,” Wiser said. “My experience as an Aggie changed my life, and I look forward to working with government leaders and community partners to help President Cockett and the university continue to improve lives through world-class education, research and community outreach through USU Extension and its Statewide Campuses.”

Wiser succeeds Neil Abercrombie, who left USU in January to serve as senior advisor of legislative affairs and policy for Utah Gov. Spencer Cox.

Wiser was selected as Weber State University’s executive director of government relations and executive director of the Walker Institute of Politics and Public Service in 2020. In that role, he led university advocacy efforts with Utah’s federal delegation and the state Legislature. He previously served in various roles in Congressman Rob Bishop’s office, including as chief of staff from 2015-2020. Prior to becoming chief, he was deputy chief counsel for the Natural Resources Committee in the House of Representatives.

During his decade working with the U.S. Congress, Wiser worked on multiple projects related to USU, particularly having to do with research funding at the institution.

A Cache Valley native, Wiser attended USU, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s in law and constitutional studies. While at USU, Wiser interned for the Institute of Government and Politics. He also holds a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.

“His experience and leadership in engaging with key stakeholders and policymakers will strengthen USU’s ability to lead in learning, discovery and engagement,” said USU Executive Vice President Robert Wagner, who chaired the search committee for this position. “We are excited to have Devin join our team and look forward to working together in advancing USU’s comprehensive government affairs program.”