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New University Of Utah President To Take Office In April

Ruth Watkins, new President of the University of Utah
Ruth Watkins, new President of the University of Utah

Ruth Watkins who will become the first female president of the University of Utah has earned a reputation of being personable, collaborative and determined and is hoping to take advantage of being a relative newcomer to the state to improve the university.

Watkins is set to begin her first day as president on April 2 after she was selected by the Utah Board of Regents earlier this month.

Watkins joined university as a senior vice president over academic affairs in 2013. She previously worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 20 years, rising from an associated professor to a dean.

Watkins says she is looking to increase access to degree programs and find ways to help more students complete their degrees.