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 presidential search. Public input from these meetings will help the committee shape a position announcement, the primary advertisement for the position used in recruiting candidates.

  • Sept. 11, 2017, 3-4 p.m.: Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, 15 S. 2030 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
  • Sept. 12, 2017, 3-4 p.m.: University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law, Moot Courtroom, 383 S. University St., Salt Lake City, UT 84112
  • Sept. 12, 2017, 7-8 p.m.: University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Moot Courtroom, 383 S. University St., Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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Presidents Circle at the University of Utah

After the position announcement is finalized, the presidential search 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 finalists to the Board of Regents, which is expected to take place in Spring 2018.

To learn more about the search process, review a draft of the position announcement, and provide feedback on the position announcement to the search committee, visit the new presidential search page at

The University of Utah Presidential Search Committee is co-chaired by Utah State Board of Regents member Harris Simmons and University of Utah Board of Trustees chair H. David Burton. The committee is comprised of key constituent groups of the University of Utah, including regents, university trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members.

University of Utah President David Pershing announced on May 1, 2017, that he will return to a faculty position at the conclusion of a presidential search. He will remain as president until his successor is appointed by the board of regents.

The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) is governed by the Board of Regents and is comprised of Utah’s eight public colleges and universities. The CEO of USHE is the Commissioner of Higher Education. For more information, visit





Media Contacts

Melanie Heathdirector of communications, Utah System of Higher Education
Office: 801-321-7110 Mobile: 801-244-9620

Annalisa Purserassociate director, University Marketing & Communications
Office: 801-581-7295 Mobile: 435-232-0312

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