University Statements

Condemning Racism: Response to national poster campaign

September 6, 2018

A number of stickers and posters promoting a white supremacist group were found on campus on Sept. 6, 2018. According to the Anti-Defamation League, this organization is known to use tactics like this on college campuses across the country. The improperly posted flyers and stickers were removed. The University of Utah stands against racism in […]


U inaugurates 16th president

August 27, 2018

The inauguration for Ruth V. Watkins, the 16th president of the University of Utah, will be held Friday, Sept. 21, 3 p.m. in Kingsbury Hall on the U campus, 1395 Presidents Circle. The event is free and open to the public. Because seating in Kingsbury Hall is limited, it is recommended that guests arrive early. […]


University statement on course syllabus issue

August 21, 2018

University of Utah officials recently learned that a graduate teaching assistant included a statement in an undergraduate course syllabus that violated both state law and university policy. The statement has been removed from the syllabus and students in the class have been alerted to the error. The graduate student instructor has apologized and has received […]


Statement on David Cross performance

August 19, 2018

Note: The performance is being produced through an outside promoter renting the public venue and is not affiliated with the University of Utah. The university rents many of its facilities to outside groups.   “The University of Utah condemns bigotry and religious intolerance in any form. The offensive use of sacred religious imagery in a tweet by David Cross promoting his performance at Kingsbury […]


Michael L. Good appointed senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Utah

June 27, 2018

University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins has appointed Michael L. Good, M.D., as the university’s new senior vice president for health sciences, CEO of University of Utah Health, and executive dean of the U’s School of Medicine. Good, who currently serves as the dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine, replaces interim […]


Mark Harlan Named Athletic Director at University of Utah

June 1, 2018

University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins has appointed Mark Harlan as the university’s new director of athletics. Harlan, currently serving in the same role at the University of South Florida, will start at Utah on July 1. His appointment follows the retirement of longtime athletic director Chris Hill. “After an extensive national search during which we […]


Daniel A. Reed named Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Utah

April 30, 2018

Daniel A. Reed, Ph.D., has been named senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Utah. Reed, who currently serves on the faculty at the University of Iowa, will start on July 1. “Dan is an exceptional addition to the university’s leadership team and the thought leadership of our state,” said university President […]


Statement on Student Art Installation

April 25, 2018

Background: The art installation, “Cry Closet,” in the J. Willard Marriott Library was created by a graduating senior in the College of Fine Arts. The piece – a project from the student’s woodshop class – was installed on April 22 and will remain in the library until May, 2. The installation, available for use by […]


University of Utah announces search committee for next athletic director

April 23, 2018

University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins has announced the members of a search committee to find a successor to retiring Athletic Director Chris Hill. Ventura Partners, a national executive search and talent management firm with a specialty practice in intercollegiate athletics, has been retained by the university to assist in the search. Chad Chatlos, […]


U president statement on passing of Zeke Dumke

April 14, 2018

Zeke will be deeply missed by our faculty, staff and students. Zeke and his beloved wife Kay shared a passionate commitment to the University of Utah and gave generously of their time, enthusiasm and financial resources to support dozens of university programs — including Red Butte Garden, our gymnastics team, University of Utah Health, and […]