Two members leaving state Board of Regents

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The state Board of Regents is losing two members this month.

Jerry Atkin completed his third and final four-year term and Brent Brown, a regent since 2009, is leaving to serve on the board of the Governor's Office for Economic Development.

"The tough part is I'm leaving this board just when I was figuring out what you all were talking about," Brown, a Utah County auto dealer, told his colleagues Friday at his last regents meeting in Logan. "I feel passionate about education. Our businesses are worth nothing unless we have educated people to work at them."

Dixie State College student Tom Leavitt joins David Smith, a University of Utah graduate student, as a nonvoting student regent.

Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed Bob Prince to succeed Atkin, subject to Senate confirmation.

— Brian Maffly