Utah Board of Higher Ed. names interim University of Utah President

Feb 20, 2021, 1:20 PM
U of U in person classes interim President University of Utah...
FILE: Photo: Utah System of Higher Education

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Board of Higher Education (Board) has named Dr. Michael L. Good as interim president of the University of Utah.

interim President University of Utah

Interim President for the University of Utah, Dr. Michael L. Good

Dr. Good’s position as interim president will take effect in April 2021. And when the search for a permanent president has been completed, Dr. Good will return to his current roles as CEO of University of Utah Health, Dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine, and Senior Vice President of Health Sciences.

“Dr. Good is highly qualified and well-prepared to take on the interim role at the University of Utah,” said Nina Barnes, Vice-Chair of the Utah Board of Higher Education in a statement.

“Dr. Good has worked to advance the university’s health system and has led both it and the more than 20,000 talented faculty, staff and students, who make up University of Utah Health, over the last two and a half years.” 

The Board is confident that he will see the University of Utah successfully through this transition. We congratulate Dr. Good on this appointment and are thankful for his dedication to the long-term success of the institution.”

The current president, Ruth V. Watkins, revealed last month that she would step down as president of the school in April 2021. 

At that time, Watkins said she was going to accept a position as president of a private firm, Strada Impact.

The Utah Board of Higher Education oversees the selection of a new president for public universities in the state.  A committee will host public meetings to update residents about its progress and to seek input about qualifications and ideal candidates.


COVID long haulers get a boost from University of Utah research

University of Utah president to accept new job elsewhere

U of U Chief Safety Officer to leave the university, accepts job elsewhere

Today’s Top Stories


Dr. Jacqueline Thompson has been appointed as an assistant superintendent for Davis School District...
Mark Jones

Davis School District appoints new assistant superintendent

Davis School District announced Dr. Jacqueline Thompson will serve as an assistant superintendent.
7 days ago
A well-known parents group is reportedly telling members they should call police if “harmful” b...
Paul Nelson

Educators urge parents not to call police over ‘harmful’ books in school libraries

A well-known parents group is reportedly telling members they should call police if “harmful” books are found in school libraries.  Some educators are calling this a horrible idea, saying it’s the wrong way to complain about questionable material.
10 days ago
(File photo)...
Nick Wyatt

Utah civil rights leader supports Canyons School District review of ‘obscene’ books

NAACP Salt Lake President Jeanetta Williams says 'offensive' language and content has no place in high school libraries.
11 days ago
The FBI seal is seen outside the headquarters building in Washington, DC on July 5, 2016. - The FBI...
Christina Carrega and Evan Perez, CNN

FBI gauges threats against educators and school board members

The FBI is working to assess the number of threats made against school board members and teachers, using a tracking tool that it says will help implement a directive from Attorney General Merrick Garland that has come under criticism from Republicans.
11 days ago
Eliza Craig

Gender identity guidance for Utah schools

A USBE committee met on Monday night to discuss and write a "guidance document" that covers topics relating to students' gender identity.
13 days ago
Izzy life celebrated...
Kira Hoffelmeyer

Davis School District opens investigation into Tichenor bullying

The family of 10-year-old Isabella "Izzy" Tichenor said she reported being bullied and that she felt her teacher didn't like her.
17 days ago
Utah Board of Higher Ed. names interim University of Utah President