Sutherland Awarded with Best of…

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 third year in a row the Series has won top honors in this category.

“We are grateful to be recognized again for our work with Transcend,” said Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland’s manager of public affairs and director of the Series.  “It is our hope that this kind of recognition will encourage more elected officials and community leaders to participate in the outstanding programs of the Institute.”


Sutherland created the Transcend Series to address the desire of civic leaders to become better informed, equipped and skilled to serve in their respective roles.  A distinctive feature of the Series, frequently noted by participants, is the opportunity for genuine, candid, and civil dialogue.


More than 300 public officials and citizens across the social-political spectrum have benefited from their participation in this ground-breaking program.  The experience enables them to transcend politics as usual in the service of their communities and colleagues.  In November 2007, Sutherland took the Transcend Series on the road, to St. George, where local leaders participated in the first of such sessions to be conducted in different regions of the state.

Sutherland will be recognized at the Best of State Awards Gala, to be held Saturday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m. in the Salt Palace Grand Ballroom.