Sutherland Institute Wins …

Salt Lake City, UT – The Best of State organization ( named the Sutherland Institute as Utah’s top Education/Advocacy organization for its innovative program, the Transcend Series.  This is the first time any organization has been honored for this category.


Stan Rasmussen, vice president of Sutherland and director of Transcend Series said, “We are most grateful to be acknowledged in this manner.  It is our hope that this recognition will encourage even more elected officials and active citizens to participate in the Transcend Series and take advantage of the unique opportunity for the understanding and growth it provides.”


The Transcend Series began after the Institute saw the need for a way that elected officials could become better informed, equipped and skilled to serve in their respective roles.  Now in its third year, over 200 elected officials and community leaders across the political spectrum have benefited from their participation in this innovative and ground-breaking program which enables them to transcend politics as usual in the service of their constituents and colleagues.


After attending many of the Transcend Series sessions, Senator Brent Goodfellow (D) said, “I have benefited greatly.  It’s been said, ‘Before you can change the world, you have to change yourself.’ I believe Sutherland has taken a giant step in that regard.”


Sutherland will be recognized at the Best of State Awards Gala, to be held Saturday, June 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the Salt Palace Grand Ballroom.  The program will be broadcast the following Saturday.


The Best of State Awards were founded to recognize outstanding achievement in the community and bring together the best in business, education, government, and the arts.  By raising public awareness of high achievers in all walks of life, Best of State seeks to inspire us all to excel in our various fields of endeavor, to encourage economic development within our state, and to encourage personal and corporate charitable behavior.


For more information, contact Katie Christensen, 801-355-1272 or email,