Old Main Society 2010 Program

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Spirit of Old Main Award

Fred R. and Sharon W. Hunsaker

It might be difficult for fellow Aggies to remember where they first met Fred and Sharon Hunsaker, because both have been such an integral part of the university in so many different capacities over the years.


Fred came to Utah State as a first-generation college student, having been raised on a farm in Box Elder County. After graduating in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in finance from USU, Fred continued his academic career with post graduate studies at USU and the University of Utah. He went on to obtain a master's degree from the University of Washington's Graduate School of Banking.


Fred spent 26 years in the banking industry, starting off as a loan officer and eventually ascending to CEO of First Federal of Logan. He came to USU in 1991 as vice president of Administrative Affairs. In the late 1990's Fred took leave to work as the associate commissioner for Finance and Facilities for the Utah System of Higher Education. He returned to USU in 2000 and resumed his position.


Fred and Sharon Hunsaker
Fred and Sharon Hunsaker

In 2002, Fred received the USU Leadership Award, and in 2004 he was given the USU Robins Achievement Award. He has also been a recipient of the Innovation Campus Contribution to Development Award.


Fred has served in the Utah State House of Representatives for over 14 years. In this capacity Fred has been instrumental in passing legislation that represents the interests of higher education in the state of Utah. Many of you know that Fred is retiring from the House of Representatives at the end of this year. We will miss his presence in the legislature.


Outside of his professional career, Fred has served in numerous community positions including the Cache Valley Council Boy Scouts, the Cache Valley Health Foundation, the Sunshine Terrace Foundation and the American Cancer Society.


Sharon received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education at Utah State and spent much of her working career as an advisor to elementary education student teachers. She also is a past PTA president.


Sharon's Utah State roots run deep. Her father, Elmer "Bear" Ward, was an extremely loyal Aggie and was Utah State University's first football All-American. Fred and Sharon knew each during high school and were married in the spring of 1963. They have three children who have all gone on to graduate from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.