University of Utah President Search: Why the 3 Finalists Want the Job
Regardless of Who Is Selected as the Next University of Utah President, Social, Public Health, and Economic Forces they guarantee that it is not as usual in the state's flagship university.
The Utah Board of Higher Education is scheduled for Thursday to interview two women and a man who aspire to become the 17th president of the college in Salt Lake City. The new president could be appointed on Thursday afternoon.
The finalists run for president during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a national reckoning on educational equity and social justice, and a sea change in the way education is delivered.
The next president will assume leadership of a campus that seeks to resume instruction largely in person. The president will inherit a community with ongoing concerns about physical safety following two high-profile homicides on campus in recent years and faltering efforts to reform police policies and practices.
In the fall of 2017, 23-year-old ChenWei Guo was killed during an attempted carjacking near the gates of Red Butte Garden.
In October 2018, student-athlete Lauren McCluskey was fatally shot outside her bedroom by a man she had dated. McCluskey's parents sued the university and in November 2020 settled $ 13.5 million of their two lawsuits. As part of the settlement, the university acknowledged that it mishandled McCluskey's multiple reports to police.
The university has begun to implement reforms and has hired the university's first security officer director and a new police chief, although both recently left the university.
At the same time, the U. has achieved footholds in academia and college athletics that not long ago seemed like a pipe dream: admission to the prestigious Association of American Universities and being part of the Pac- 12.
On Wednesday, the three candidates addressed the university community in individual town halls held on campus.
The finalists came to campus – although two already have ties to the university – and answered a wide range of questions on topics ranging from COVID-19 response, student access, and fundraising to their respective experience working. with legislative bodies.
The following are a sample of their responses to questions posed by faculty, staff, and students.
COVID-19 and the U.
As the University of Utah prepares to launch the fall term, the mask and vaccination mandates are prohibited by current state law. Each of the finalists was asked what would be the best way to protect public health in these circumstances.