The Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology is pleased to announce that Jim Trent is the college’s new assistant dean for external relations.
Trent is replacing David Anthony, who is retiring after more than 23 years of dedicated service to the university.
"Dave has worked tirelessly to develop resources for the college and to provide opportunities for our students," said Alan Parkinson, dean of the college. "He has been key to the success of the STEM Career Fair, the Student Innovator of the Year contest, the college's advancement council, and fundraising for the new engineering building. We wish him much success in this next phase of his life and express our deep gratitude for all he has done to move the college forward.
"We are also excited to welcome Jim on board and know that he will continue the college's tradition of success.”
Previously, Trent has acted as the external relations manager for the BYU Department of Mechanical Engineering. His responsibilities at BYU included growing and managing industry and alumni relationships for the department, student placement and Capstone project opportunities for students and faculty. He worked with industry partners to recruit and fund 32 engineering Capstone projects each year.
Prior to joining BYU, Trent co-founded Wolf Electronix Corporation in 1996, an electronics manufacturing services company, and was president through 2008. He grew Wolf Electronix from startup to $20M in revenue. In 2002, his business was awarded the fastest growing company in Utah and was No. 164 in the nation on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing companies. He sold the company to a larger electronics manufacturer in 2008.
Upon selling Wolf Eletronix, Trent stayed on as vice president and general manager for three years prior to coming to BYU in 2011. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from BYU and also has a master of business administration degree.