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Update, June 7, 2021:

The search for a new president to lead the University of Utah continues to move forward. The search committee recently met to review applications received. The breadth and depth of the pool of applicants was outstanding and included an impressive group of candidates from diverse backgrounds and having many strengths. While the task of narrowing the pool of candidates was challenging, the search committee has selected 11 individuals to interview in coming weeks. The committee will then forward up to five finalists to the Utah Board of Higher Education for consideration. Prior to interviews with the board, the finalists will meet with on-campus groups, including the U’s Board of Trustees, the President’s Cabinet, faculty and staff, and students. An update will be posted about dates, times and locations of public campus meetings with the candidates once the finalists are selected.


February 2021:

The University of Utah Presidential Search Committee will host three public meetings to obtain input from members of the campus community and the general public as part of the search for the next president 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

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conferencing:
Meeting ID: 813 6924 3345
Passcode: 692156

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, from 2-3:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conferencing:
Meeting ID: 843 2924 7270
Passcode: 935639

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conferencing:
Meeting ID: 899 1735 3558
Passcode: 254177


After the position announcement is finalized, the committee will begin recruiting candidates, screening applications and conducting interviews with 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 she has accepted a top post at Strada Impact and will step down in April 2021, ending  three year tenure as president.