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After five years of outstanding leadership, Stephen D. Nadauld is leaving his post as president of Weber State College this weekend to assume a position in private industry.

He will be sorely missed at Weber State where he has won the respect of students and faculty as well as the admiration of other college presidents and state education officials.Nadauld's resignation from WSC, announced last February, officially takes effect Sunday. He becomes vice chairman and chief financial officer of Bonneville Pacific Corp., a Salt Lake-based power company.

Although it is a loss to Weber State, Nadauld's move to private industry is not surprising in some respects. Nadauld had served on the company's board of directors since 1986, has a reputation as a tough-minded budget expert and skilled administrator and holds a master's degree from Harvard Business School.

One of the strengths of Nadauld at Weber State has been his remarkable abilities in management and planning and his capacity to build a vision among others on campus of what the school should be.

Among his final successes at Weber State was the successful campaign to have the school's name changed from a college to the more prestigious title of a university.

Those who know Nadauld describe him as tenacious, a careful thinker, yet charming and reflective. He is famous for going to the blackboard to diagram and walk people through his plans and ideas. It is the professor in him. Nadauld is a former professor and director of the Brigham Young University master's degree program in business administration.

Weber State will have a difficult time filling his shoes, but a nationwide search is now under way. The Deseret News wishes both Nadauld and the search committee success in their assignments.