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Visiting Impact Scholars

University of Utah Impact Scholars include distinguished scholars and public intellectuals chosen for their ability to contribute to an exceptional student experience, engage with and inform local policymakers, participate in joint research opportunities, and consult with U leadership on societal impact.

Dr. Arthur C. Brooks
Arthur C. Brooks is the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches courses on leadership, happiness, and social entrepreneurship. He is also a columnist at The Atlantic, where he writes the popular “How to Build a Life” column. Brooks is the author of 12 books, including the 2022 #1 New York Times bestseller From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life. Dr. Brooks was named a University of Utah Impact Scholar in 2022.
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Dr. Timothy Shriver
Tim Shriver is a husband, father, educator, best-selling author, and the Chairman of the Special Olympics. In that capacity, he has driven the largest expansion of the organization, growing the movement from one million athletes to over six million athletes in 193 countries around the world. He is also the co-founder and Chair of UNITE – an initiative to promote national unity and solidarity across differences. Dr. Shriver was named a University of Utah Impact Scholar in 2023.
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Dr. Eboo Patel
Eboo Patel is a civic leader who believes that religious diversity is an essential and inspiring dimension of American democracy. Named “one of America’s best leaders” by U.S. News and World Report, Eboo is Founder and President of Interfaith America, the leading interfaith organization in the United States. Under his leadership, Interfaith America has worked with governments, universities, private companies, and civic organizations to make faith a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. Dr. Patel was named a University of Utah Impact Scholar in 2023.
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