Dr. Paul McCarty

Board Member & Psychology & Family Life Professor, Retired

Paul has been deeply involved over the past 20 years in the development and implementation of Offender Transition programs with the Utah Department of Corrections. He directed the Offender Transition Volunteer Mentoring Program at the Draper Prison and at the Gunnison Correctional Facility; Volunteer Transition & Mentoring pilot program at Timpanogos Correctional Facility for women offenders; and with men at Promontory and Uintahs, including Death Row.

Career History

Dr. McCarty is a retired Brigham Young University (BYU) professor, a public-school principal and senior district office administrator for the Granite School District. He was the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Director of Light Rail (TRAX) Operations, and UTA Board of Directors Vice-President. He assisted in the creation and direction of planning and construction of new Light Rail (TRAX) construction along the Wasatch Front of Utah; and light rail transportation for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. He was also elected and served on the Draper City Council in Utah.

Currently Managing Principal of DEC Consulting Services LLC (DEC) serving public and private educational institutions, universities and school districts. DEC’s comprehensive approach focuses on financial viability and feasibility studies, fiscal analysis, student learning and teaching impact research, organization development, cost reduction, and educational research. Served as the CEO of an international humanitarian program organization. Dr. McCarty was actively involved in the creation of Canyons School District in Utah, and served 4 ½ years as one of the first elected members of Canyons School Board of Education.

Academic Achievements

Dr. McCarty has received many awards and recognitions which includ the Jon and Karen Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education; United States Air Force Distinguished Civic Leader of Utah; Utah Principal of the Year; Honored Utah Public School Administrator and Principal Recognition – House Joint Resolution 23, Utah Legislature and the Utah Governor; National Instructional Technology Leader Award by the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC.