Gary R. Herbert
Governor of Utah
As Governor of the great State of Utah, it is my pleasure to congratulate Utah Valley University on the establishment of the Center for Constitutional Studies on this Constitution Day, September 17, 2012. We have the good fortune on Constitution Day to celebrate the wisdom, foresight and prudence of our founding fathers for creating a document that has guided the course of our country for more than two hundred years. This is an exciting day of celebration as we commemorate the history of the Constitution of the United States.
The objective of this new center to protect and preserve the Constitution is commendable. I trust the Center for Constitutional Studies will serve to promote the substance and spirit of the Constitution, while also providing better opportunities to students pursuing careers involving political science.
We cannot clearly understand our duty and role for the present and future unless we appreciate and understand the history and sacrifices of those who have come before. Our founding fathers laid the framework upon which our country is built; they paved the way for success in government, with the Constitution founded on principles of integrity, federalism, love of liberty, and right to life.
I appreciate the sacrifices made by Utah Valley University and others to bring the Center for Constitutional Studies to completion. What a wonderful and meaningful accomplishment. I send my best wishes for its success.
Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah)
Today I join with other well-wishers across the state in saluting Utah Valley University on the auspicious occasion of the opening of its Center for Constitutional Studies, the first of its kind in the Intermountain West. This center will be critically important in facilitating a greater understanding of the U.S Constitution, which is the foundation of our Republic and the primary means by which “we the people” empower and limit our government. The study of this sacred document is essential in the perpetuation of constitutional government and the rule of law as envisioned by America’s founders, and I wish the university every success as it carries out this crucial endeavor.