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Interim president named to lead U of U after Watkins’ departure

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Posted at 10:28 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 00:31:24-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The state has named Michael Good, the current CEO of University of Utah Health, as the interim leader to oversee the University of Utah while it continues to search for a permanent replacement for outgoing President Ruth Watkins, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Good was chosen by the Utah Board of Higher Education on Friday to step into the role starting in April, when Watkins is set to depart.

READ: U of U President Ruth Watkins to step down in April

Good is an experienced administrator who also serves as the dean of the U of U School of Medicine and senior vice president of health sciences.

The board has previously estimated that it could take nine months to a year to find a new president. The hope is that a new leader will be named by the end of the year and in place by early 2022. At that time, Good will return to his other positions.

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