The University of Utah fosters student success by preparing students from diverse backgrounds for lives of impact as leaders and citizens. We generate and share new knowledge, discoveries, and innovations, and we engage local and global communities to promote education, health, and quality of life. These contributions, in addition to responsible stewardship of our intellectual,
physical, and financial resources, ensure the long‐term success and viability of the institution.
David W. Pershing proudly celebrates more than three decades of service to the University of Utah. Named Utah’s 15th President in 2012, President Pershing serves as the university’s chief executive leading a diverse team of faculty and staff at one of the world’s top research universities.
President Pershing joined the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1977. He was named a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation in 1984, became Dean of the College of Engineering in 1987, and named a Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1995. In 1998, Dr. Pershing was named Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs responsible for approximately 1,000 faculty and 25,000 students in the colleges of the main campus. Now as President, Dr. Pershing continues his commitment to the undergraduate experience with new initiatives and programs aimed at enriching academic excellence on campus.
The University of Utah is a world-class research and teaching institution built on a legacy of innovation, collaboration, community engagement, and service. This roadmap provides a shared vision for the future of the U. It identifies mission, values, strengths, and strategies for the continued excellence and the long-term success of our students and programs.