Past presidents of the University of Utah

Ruth V. Watkins is the 16th president of the University of Utah. The university only counts the presidents that have served since the name of the institution officially changed to the University of Utah, beginning with John R. Park. The count also counts individuals, not actual terms. The presidents and their years of service are:

John R. Park

John R. Park

1869-1892

Joseph T. Kingsbury

Joseph T. Kingsbury

1892-1894, 1897-1916

James E. Talmage

James E. Talmage

1894-1897

John A. Widtsoe

John A. Widtsoe

1916-1921

George Thomas

George Thomas

1921-1941

LeRoy E. Cowles

LeRoy E. Cowles

1941-1946

A. Ray Olpin

A. Ray Olpin

1946-1964

James C. Fletcher

James C. Fletcher

1964-1971

Alfred C. Emery

Alfred C. Emery

1971-1973

David P. Gardner

David P. Gardner

1973-1983

Chase N. Peterson

Chase N. Peterson

1983-1991

Arthur K. Smith

Arthur K. Smith

1991-1997

Bernie Machen

Bernie Machen

1998-2004

Michael K. Young

Michael K. Young

2004-2011

David W. Pershing

David W. Pershing

2012-2018