The list of candidates to lead University of Utah has been narrowed to 3 — here’s who they are

The University of Utah announced the three finalists for its next president.

The University of Utah announced the three finalists for its next president on Wednesday. From left to right, Dr. Carrie L. Byington, Jayathi Y. Murthy and Taylor R. Randall. | University of Utah

Two women and one man were named finalists in the search for the 17th president of the University of Utah on Wednesday.

They are:

Dr. Carrie L. Byington, executive vice president for the University of California’s health enterprise and a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Jayathi Y. Murthy, the Ronald and Valerie Sugar Dean at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Taylor R. Randall, dean of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

The presidential search committee winnowed the finalists to 11 candidates, two of whom dropped out. Nine applicants were interviewed.

The finalists, two with University of Utah ties, will be in Salt Lake City Aug. 4 and 5 to participate in a series of on-campus meetings, public forums, including interviews with the university board of trustees on Aug. 4.

The following day, the Utah Board of Higher Education will interview the finalists and likely convene a meeting to select the new president. The board has the sole authority to hire and fire college and university presidents.

Here’s more about the finalists:

Byington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Texas A&M University and a medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, both with honors. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, where she was a neonatal chief resident, and a fellowship in infectious diseases at University of California, San Francisco.

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In her role as executive vice president for the University of California’s health enterprise, Byington leads the nation’s largest public academic health care system. In this capacity, she has led the COVID-19 response for the UC system.

Prior to her leadership and faculty positions with the University of California, Byington served simultaneously as vice chancellor for health services to the Texas A&M System and senior vice president for health sciences and dean of the College of Medicine at Texas A&M University.

Earlier in her career, she was a professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah and served as associate vice president of faculty and academic affairs for the University of Utah Health Sciences Center and vice dean for academic affairs and faculty development to the University of Utah School of Medicine.

As a Mexican-American woman in academic medicine, she has worked throughout her career to end health disparities and increase health equity.

Murthy, in her role as dean of UCLA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, oversees about 190 faculty members and more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students. She is also a distinguished professor in the mechanical and aerospace department.

Under Murthy’s leadership, UCLA’s school of engineering has focused on growth in engineering in medicine and biology; sustainable and resilient urban systems; artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science; cybersecurity and the future internet; robotics and cyberphysical systems; as well as advanced materials …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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