Sutherland Newsletter – August 14, 2008

1.Job Opening: Development Manager

Sutherland is looking to hire a Development Mangager that will report to the Director of Development and assist in shaping and fulfilling its fundraising and outreach programs.  Qualified applicants should have 2+ years of related experience.



Interested parties should send their resumes to Lyall Swim at no later than September 15, 2008.


2.Sutherland Hires Director of Communications

Sutherland Institute announces the hiring of Jeffery L. Reynolds as its new director of communications.  Reynolds has served the past nine and a half years as an associate director of Brigham Young University’s athletic communications department and director of media relations for BYU’s football program.



“We are excited to have someone of Jeff’s caliber and experience join Sutherland,” said Paul T. Mero, president of the Sutherland Institute.  “Jeff brings a wealth of experience with traditional communications strategies as well as ‘new’ media technologies.  What’s more, Jeff understands the value and importance of Sutherland in helping strengthen the conservative principles that act as the fundamental pillars of a free and prosperous Utah.”


Reynolds’ tenure at BYU included overseeing the media efforts surrounding the retirement of Hall-of-Fame Coach LaVell Edwards, assisting in the development and re-launching, and the management of media relations for BYU football.  In addition to his responsibilities with the athletics department, Reynolds served for seven years as an adjunct instructor in BYU’s Marriott School of Management, teaching management communications.


3.Sutherland Releases Immigration Research Report

The Sutherland Institute has released a summary report of recent research, Utah’s Citizens and Illegal Immigrants: Side-By-Side.  “The report suggests that most illegal immigrants now in Utah add value to society through their family and economic decisions,” said Derek Monson, Sutherland policy analyst and primary author of the report.  “Therefore, as a state we stand at a crossroads,” observed Stan Rasmussen, the Institute’s public affairs manager.  “We can either encourage these positive impacts by removing barriers to illegal immigrants’ efforts to assimilate, or we can create additional problems for them and all Utahns by pushing them further into the shadows through punitive policies.  The choice is ours.”



The report was presented to the Legislature’s Immigration Interim Committee at a meeting conducted on August 27, 2008, in Park City.


4.Sutherland’s New Policy Centers Continue to Populate

The Sutherland Institute continues to add new scholars to its four policy centers.  The most recent additions are Allan Carlson as director of the Center for Community and Economy, Bryce Christensen as adjunct fellow with the Center for Family and Economy, and Luke Petersen as adjunct fellow with the Center for Educational Progress.



“These adjunct staff appointments add expertise and gravitas to our work.  Our goal is to have a Ph.D. or J.D. in each of the eight adjunct positions leading our four centers by the end of the year.  Allan, Bryce, and Luke complement an already impressive team of scholars,” stated Mr. Mero.


The role of Sutherland’s adjunct scholar program is to plow new policy ground, provide more focused attention on policy priorities, and counsel with Institute staff on policy issues.  These three gentlemen join Bill Duncan, director of the Center for Family and Society, and John Merrifield, an adjunct fellow for the Center for Limited Government.


Allan Carlson is founder and president of The Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society in Rockford, Illinois, and a visiting professor of history and politics at Hillsdale College in Michigan.  Bryce Christensen is a professor of English at Southern Utah University, in Cedar City, Utah.  Luke Peterson is in the Ph.D. program at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, and just received his Master’s Degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.