I’m very honored to be involved with the Center for Constitutional Studies here at UVU. I was thrilled when UVU opened this program just a couple of years ago in 2012. I was also pleased, of course, to see Dr. Griffin, my friend going back all the way to our days at law school, appointed as its founding director. He’s the ideal scholar to head this organization. His passion for the constitution is evident to everyone around him, and for that reason, it is contagious. It is also a breath of fresh air to see an institution of higher learning such as this, devoting significant resources to helping students learn about the principles, and the great thinkers, that made this country what it is today. I love the fact that when you walk in to the Center for Constitutional Studies, you see immediately, paintings of the founders: Jefferson, Madison, Adams, and others. You also see paintings of the enlightened thinkers who influenced our founding generation; including individuals like Locke and Montesquieu, who’s thoughts outlived their own age.
I have recently had the opportunity to speak at the Center for Constitutional Studies, and was impressed by the many conversations I had with students afterwards. So many of the students displayed a remarkable ability to apply these founding principles to current political topics, and understand how they interrelate to one another.
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.
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.