AILEEN HALES CLYDE lives in Springville, Utah with her husband Hal M. Clyde who is retired from Clyde Companies Inc. They have three married sons, a lawyer, a business owner and a surgeon. They have six granddaughters and five grandsons. She graduated with high honors from Brigham Young University and taught English there for ten years. She has been a certified construction flag person where she learned a different world of work and was surprised at the uproar her unconventional employment evoked in friendly observers.
At the invitation of the Utah Judicial Council, she chaired the Utah Task Force on Gender and Justice which studied the possible effect of gender bias in Utah Courts. For five years she was the citizen chair of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.
She served twelve years on the Utah State Board of Regents, the governing body of the state’s ten institutions of higher education. She served as the board’s vice-chair for six years. She has also served on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
She is the past chair of the Coalition for Utah’s Future and is a special adviser to Envison Utah. She was a member of the board of directors of the Utah Symphony and Opera for six years.
From 1990to 1997 she was a member of the general presidency of the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She was awarded the Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Courts) Award by the Utah Judicial Conference for uncommon commitment to the Judiciary’s goal of equal justice for all.
The American Judicature Society awarded her the Herbert Harley distinction for the promotion of effective administration of justice.
In May 2000 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Southern Utah University.
She presently serves a member of the Utah Medical Education Council and is a trustee of the University of Utah’s Hospital and Clinics.