3 finalists named for next president of University of Utah

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  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Jan. 13, 2018 1:51 p.m.

    Meckofahess - My anti-Christian attitude? Really! Reminds me of Ambrose Bierce's definition of Christianity as "a major sub-tribe of the Hypocrites". LOL

    I am just suggesting a method to ease the tax burden to you caused by the dollars spent in search of the new U president. See, the U doesn't have the ease of selection of the TDS for their president. Life is so hard when you have to make decisions for yourself, rather than have them made for you.

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 10:23 a.m.

    Any chance we could throw in a new athletic director while we are at it? Such and embarrassment.

  • itswhatithink West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 9:41 a.m.

    As a raxpayer I want to know what and WHY there are additional administrative costs for this search. I learned a long time ago that these kind of additional fees and costs are usually more than the agreed to contract cost...so please share what the total of those costs are, what they include and why they were no part of the contract.

    I am guessing several of the trustees went on numerous trips to many universities to screen the hundreds of candidates and that they didn't stay at hotel 6 or days inn and the flights were first class and the meals were not at McDonald's.

  • PorLibertad Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 8:44 a.m.

    @utahute69:

    In your statement: "Bring in a new mentality that hasn't been warped with the past and allow that President the room necessary to get Utah's highest levels of management thinking about cleaning out the bloated administrative staff and nonsense degrees that do nothing more than increase student debt. A serious reduction in the cost of operating the U could easily be turned into a reduction in tuition cost and allow more students to avoid some or all of their educational debt".

    You nailed it Sir. I wish you could be on the Board of Regents selection committee!

    May I add that a serious reduction is the bloated salaries of the very mediocre football and basketball coaches would go along way to reducing operating costs.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 8:39 a.m.

    To at long last:

    You made this funny comment - got to love your sense of humor: "As a side note: HeckofaMess, perhaps you could cut back on your tithing from 10 percent to, say, 8 percent of gross income to help with the onerous tax burden involved here. Just a suggestion. . ."

    After I stopped laughing I had to ask myself what does a person's participation in the "tithe" in her church have to do with over taxation?

    Don't let your anti-Christian shoulder chip cloud your intelligence friend.

  • Uteofferouus Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 8:29 a.m.

    @Chris B:

    You pontificated: "We deserve a Pac 12 quality president and its time to get it right".

    Do you mean at the level of "PAC-12 - the conference of champions"? LOL, take a look at how the PAC faired in the bowl games - not exactly the pinnacle of excellence - but certainly the pinnacle of arrogance. The mighty 6-6 Utes were the only ones who even won their bowl.

    It's time to get serious Chris!

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2018 10:37 p.m.

    Dr. Jones seems to have the best qualifications, but these days being a woman is a major plus such positions, and so Dr. Watkins likely has the edge.

  • ute alumni Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2018 2:26 p.m.

    At long last
    Really? Some are critical of anything Mormon. Same mob mentality.

  • utahute69 Laguna Niguel, CA
    Jan. 12, 2018 1:52 p.m.

    The University has become a swamp with elitist and bureaucratic professors. Business as usual will continue the norm with more power based wars going on as the elitist attempt to grow their kingdom and increases their power with the bureaucracy growth. We saw only a sample of that mentality with the Huntsman Cancer Hospital dispute. Bring in a new mentality that hasn't been warped with the past and allow that President the room necessary to get Utah's highest levels of management thinking about cleaning out the bloated administrative staff and nonsense degrees that do nothing more than increase student debt. A serious reduction in the cost of operating the U could easily be turned into a reduction in tuition cost and allow more students to avoid some or all of their educational debt.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Jan. 12, 2018 11:22 a.m.

    Comments: 1)Anyone but Pershing should be an improvement - if they have a backbone. 2) Engineers are notoriously lacking in 'people' skills. 3) Political correctness shouldn't play ANY part in the hiring process here.

    As a side note: HeckofaMess, perhaps you could cut back on your tithing from 10 percent to, say, 8 percent of gross income to help with the onerous tax burden involved here. Just a suggestion. . .

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 12, 2018 10:36 a.m.

    The local candidate has "soft" academic qualifications, but being a female, has a huge advantage for those who value "diversity" and the like, and is clearly prepared to perpetuate the status quo.

    The other candidates are both engineers and presumably attuned to quantifiable results and systemic processes, and less susceptible to "social justice" happy talk.

    The Penn State University is a huge operation, and comparable in many ways to the U., so that candidate appears to be a good match.

    The other candidate from Mr. Jefferson's University of Virginia hails from a respected institution with thankfully less emphasis on football, but a perceived drift to the left in academic focus in recent years. Still, a well qualified candidate.

    Personality and ability to work with the Regents will be important. The ability to use good judgement and cooperate with the Huntsman Cancer Institute is another key factor so we need someone focused on making the institution great again and successful, not someone seeking to build an empire and personal recognition.

    It would be too much to hope that any would reverse the leftward drift of the U of U.

  • FanOf"ChuckARama" Vernal, UT
    Jan. 12, 2018 10:11 a.m.

    The best of luck to the three candidates and I have nothing against Dr. Watkins but I would seriously look at the possibility of her degrees not being aligned with the experience required for luring in research funds and in recruiting top-notch intellectuals to come to the University of Utah. But then of course a former Dentist was also the President of the U, at one time.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2018 9:41 a.m.

    Wont miss Pershing one bit. Anyone will be an improvement over him.

    Congratulations to the applicants and may the best one win. We deserve a Pac 12 quality president and its time to get it right.

    Go Utes
    Go Pac 12
    Go P5 conferences

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2018 9:22 a.m.

    Another waste of taxpayer money for the University to hire a firm for $100,000 + to find the candidates. They could have done that internally at a much lower cost. Oh well, no big deal as tax payers continue to struggle to meet family obligations while our state administrators and higher education leaders spend OUR tax dollars with impunity.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 12, 2018 9:18 a.m.

    I don't know any of these candidates, but as a general rule, someone from UVA would add a great deal to the culture of the U.