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Albrecht receives Rural Honors Award

Carl Albrecht (c) was presented the Rural Honors Award from SUU Executive Director Wes Curtis and Lt. Governor Spencer Cox for his many years as Garkane Energy’s CEO.

Rural Utah has produced many outstanding leaders over the years, but few have been able to combine business leadership with community service as well as Carl Albrecht. In fact, when it comes to Albrecht, it’s hard to tell where his community service ends and business interests begin, because one just flows naturally into the other. Whether it’s installing a power line or serving on the city council, it’s all part of Albrecht’s lifelong desire to serve rural communities and rural residents in every way he can.

Born in Salina, Utah, and raised in Bicknell, Utah, Albrecht has been looked to from an early age as a natural leader. He was student body president of Wayne High School and two years later was elected student body president of Stevens-Henager College. As time progressed, he was also elected to serve on the Richfield City Council and on the Sevier District School Board.

Albrecht worked for Garkane Energy for 40 years, serving 22 of those years as Garkane’s Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, Garkane Energy has seen the number of customers grow from a few thousand, to 16,000 customers across six Utah counties, and two counties in Arizona. Through it all, Carl has made sure Garkane is an engaged and contributing community citizen.

One of the company’s core principles is to “work for sustainable development of the Cooperative’s communities.” It’s a principle that Albrecht has taken to heart. He has served with numerous community organizations and on many executive boards, including the Sevier County Jeep Posse, Chair of the Sevier Valley Applied Technology Center Board, the Snow College Board of Trustees, and Chair of the Snow Richfield Advisory Committee.

Over 90 percent of Garkane’s service area is comprised of federal lands. Because of this, Albrecht has developed a particular expertise in public lands issues and in working with numerous stakeholders to solve difficult public lands challenges. In recognition of these abilities, Albrecht has been appointed to serve on the Utah State BLM Resource Advisory Council and on the Dixie National Forest Resource Advisory Council.

He has also been called upon two different times to testify before the United States House Committee on Natural Resources in Washington, D.C. on issues that are critical to rural communities and business development.

In 2010, Albrecht was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert to serve on the Governor’s Rural Partnership Board, where his business experience and understanding of rural challenges have once again led his peers to appreciate and respect his wise council and leadership abilities.

For his dedicated and unfailing commitment to improving the quality of life in rural Utah in so many ways, Southern Utah University is pleased to recognize Carl Albrecht for his many contributions to rural institutions and communities with this Rural Honors Award.

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