University of Utah Presidential Search Committee announces public meetings

The University of Utah Presidential Search Committee will host three public meetings to obtain input from members of the University of Utah community and the general public on the search for the next president of the University of Utah beginning on Feb. 24, 2021.

Public input from these meetings will help the committee shape a position announcement, the primary advertisement for the position used in recruiting candidates. Those unable to attend these meetings are encouraged to submit a comment online by emailing

Zoom Video Conferencing ID: 813 6924 3345Passcode: 692156 February 24, 2021 
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 
Zoom Video Conferencing ID: 843 2924 7270Passcode: 935639 February 25, 2021 
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. 
Zoom Video Conferencing ID: 899 1735 3558Passcode: 254177 March 2, 20216:00 – 7:30 p.m.
**To comment, we ask that participants use the “raise hand” function in Zoom or use the chat function to notify the moderator and wait to be called on.

After the position announcement is finalized, the committee will go to work recruiting candidates, screening applications, and conducting interviews with a number of potential finalists. The next public announcement from the committee will be when it recommends three to five semi-finalists to the Utah Board of Higher Education. The Board intends to name a new president by the fall of 2021 but will take the necessary time to find the most qualified candidate.

To learn more about the search process and provide feedback to the search committee, visit and/or email

The University of Utah Presidential Search Committee is co-chaired by Utah Board of Higher Education Chair Harris H. Simmons and University of Utah Board of Trustees Chair Christian Gardner. It is comprised of representatives from the Utah Board of Higher Education, trustees, and institutional stakeholders including faculty, staff, students, administration, alumni, and community members.

In January 2021, Ruth V. Watkins, president of the University of Utah, announced her intent to accept a top post at Strada Impact in April 2021 after three years as president. The Board recently announced that Dr. Michael L. Good will serve as interim president of the University of Utah, effective at the end of President Watkins’s tenure in April 2021.

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Trisha Dugovic
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