Ruth V. Watkins
As the 16th president of the University of Utah, Dr. Ruth V. Watkins is focused on ensuring the U builds on its legacy of innovation, discovery and delivering outstanding value in higher education and health care. For students, this means an excellent and affordable educational experience culminating in timely degree completion. For patients, it means innovative, compassionate and affordable care. To enable the University to continue to excel in research, teaching and patient care, Dr. Watkins is committed to providing faculty and staff with unwavering support and resources. Before her appointment as president in 2018, Dr. Watkins served as senior vice president for academic affairs. She came to the U in 2013 from the University of Illinois, where she spent 20 years in faculty and leadership roles. Dr. Watkins earned master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Kansas, where she studied communication development and disabilities in young children.
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U Rising Podcast
On the "U Rising" podcast, President Ruth V. Watkins engages in insightful conversations with students, staff, faculty, alumni and community stakeholders who are at the center of the state's flagship research university. President Watkins also connects with other leaders to give listeners a fresh take on top issues and innovations in higher education in Utah and across the country.
A university on the rise
By virtually every measure, the University of Utah is on the rise. What makes us such a great university? It's the people who are with us. I'll introduce you to some of these great peopleto our students, our faculty and our staff, researchers and members of our community who are joining us in the mission of the University of Utah.