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Taylor R. Randall
Taylor R. Randall
University President

Taylor R. Randall was selected by the Utah Board of Higher Education to serve as the 17th president of the University of Utah on August 5, 2021. He comes to the position after serving as both dean of and an accounting professor in the David Eccles School of Business.

In the first week of his presidency, Randall established a campus-wide transition team to set about the task of developing a strategic plan to help the university thrive under his leadership. Randall charged the transition team to be bold, quoting Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”

The president and the transition team determined that four cross-cutting objectives would serve as the bedrock of his administration: equity, diversity, and inclusion; campus safety; sustainability; and academic freedom.

From these objectives Randall seeks to launch a series of initial programmatic areas of presidential focus that include:

  • Research innovation and creativity—continue the U’s momentum as a leader in research scholarship, and generation of knowledge that seeks to solve major challenges.
  • Student experiences—identify areas to expand and deepen all dimensions of the student experience.
  • One U—work across disciplines and boundaries to maximize the university’s effectiveness and in turn better serve the community, state, and beyond.

Randall assumes the presidency of the University of Utah at an inflection point in the nation’s history, as colleges and universities implement plans to return to campus 18 months into the COVID-19 global pandemic. He hopes to bring to the U’s COVID-19 response the experience he gained recently as Utah’s economic lead on the Unified Command for COVID-19 recovery.

While serving as dean from 2009-2021, Randall worked to earn the David Eccles School of Business (DESB) a national reputation as a place of innovation. His efforts dramatically increased the value of a DESB education: The school now holds top 10 entrepreneurship rankings for both undergraduate and graduate programs, and seven of the school’s programs are currently ranked in the top 25 in the nation.

Under his leadership, the business school also expanded experiential learning opportunities with the creation of the Goff Strategic Leadership Center, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, the Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Economics and Quantitative Analysis, and the Sorenson Impact Center, offering students unique experiential opportunities in fields ranging from finance to social impact to policy creation.

Randall began his career at the U as a professor of accounting from 1999-2009. He received awards for the best teacher in the MBA, Executive MBA, and undergraduate programs, as well as the Brady Superior Teaching Award, which is a career achievement award. Under his guidance as faculty director, the University Venture Fund (a real-world investing learning experience) became the largest student-run venture fund in the country. His academic research has examined the interactions between strategy, technology, products, and value chain structure, with an emphasis on how these interactions affect financial performance in organizations. His professional experience includes consulting positions with Arthur Andersen & Co., General Motors Corporation, Dupont, MPM/Speedline Technologies, O.C. Tanner Company, Vista Staffing Solutions, and American Investment Bank.

He graduated from the University of Utah in 1990 with honors in accounting and earned an MBA and a doctorate in operations and information management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He follows in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather as a third-generation U alumnus and professor. His father, Reed Randall BA’63, was also a professor of accounting, and his grandfather Clyde Randall BA’32 JD’53 served as dean of the DESB from 1958-68.

Randall and his wife, Janet, have four children, one daughter-in-law, and one son-in-law. He loves spending family time playing games, relaxing in the backyard, mountain biking, road biking, golfing, and all things sports-related.

 

Special reports to the president oversee specific areas of focus.

CEO, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Mary Beckerle
Mary Beckerle
CEO, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Faculty Athletics Representative
Karen Paisley
Karen Paisley
Faculty Athletics Representative
Chief of
Staff
Laura Snow
Laura Snow
Chief of
Staff

Senior Vice Presidents

The senior vice presidents report to the president and oversee the academic and health care missions of the organization.

Daniel A. Reed
Daniel A. Reed
Academic Affairs

Daniel A. Reed is the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost) at the University of Utah.  Previously, he was the University Chair in Computational Science and Bioinformatics, and Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Medicine at the University of Iowa, where he also served as Vice President for Research and Economic Development. Prior to that, he was Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Technology Policy and Extreme Computing, where he helped shape Microsoft's long-term vision for technology innovations in cloud computing and the company's policy engagement with governments and institutions worldwide.

Before joining Microsoft, he was the founding director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with joint faculty appointments at Duke and North Carolina State University.  At UNC-CH, he also served as Chancellor’s Eminent Professor and Vice Chancellor for Information Technology. Prior to that, he was Gutgsell Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), as well as Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He was also one of the principal investigators and chief architect for the NSF TeraGrid, which became NSF XSEDE.

Dr. Reed is currently is a member of the U.S. National Science Board (NSB), which provides oversight for the U.S. National Science Foundation.  As a member of the NSB, he chairs the Committee on Awards and Facilities, and has served on a variety of other NSB committees.  He currently chairs the Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC), chairs the National Academies Panel on Computational Sciences at the Army Research Laboratory, serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Argonne National Laboratory, serves as a member of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Technical Review Panel, and serves as a member of the advisory board for the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA). He is the outgoing chair of section T (Information, Computing, and Communication) of the AAAS.

Dr. Reed has served as a member of the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and the U.S. President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). He has served on the National Academies Board on Global Science and Technology, the International Telecommunications Union CTO Council, the Advisory Committee for Electronic Records for the National Archives, and the ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization Council. He is the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA), which represents PhD-granting computer science departments in North America, and currently serves on its government affairs committee.  As chair of CRA, he was one of the co-founders of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), responsible for envisioning new ideas on computing research.

Dr. Reed is a Fellow of the ACM, the IEEE, and the AAAS. He received his B.S. from Missouri University of Science and Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University, all in computer science.

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Michael L. Good
Michael L. Good
Health Sciences

Michael Good began serving as the interim president of the University of Utah on April 7, 2021. He is the CEO of University of Utah Health, the executive dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine, and the A. Lorris Betz senior vice president of Health Sciences.

In his roles leading the health system, Good works to assure the professional and educational success of more than 20,000 talented faculty, staff, and students who make University of Utah Health (U of U Health) one of the nation’s premier centers of academic health sciences. His leadership has enhanced U of U Health’s reputation as an academic health system that provides world-class health care, research, education, and service to the state, region, and nation. He leads the organization through a period of remarkable growth, evidenced by the construction of a half-dozen major new facilities on the health campus and in the community, the implementation of transformational educational and research initiatives, and the recruitment of dozens of new leaders and faculty.

Prior to joining U of U Health, Good held many leadership positions at the University of Florida (UF) and its clinical affiliates, including dean of the medical school, senior associate dean for clinical affairs, chief of staff for UF Health Shands Hospital, chief of staff for the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, and system medical director for the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Early in his academic career, he led a team of UF physicians and engineers to create the Human Patient Simulator, a sophisticated computerized teaching tool that is now used in health-care education programs throughout the world.

Good graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in computer and communication sciences. He also earned his medical degree from Michigan, then completed residency training and a research fellowship in anesthesiology at UF and joined the UF College of Medicine faculty in 1988. Currently, he is chair-elect of the Board of Directors for the Association of Academic Health Centers, and a member of the American and Utah Medical Associations and the American and Utah Society of Anesthesiologists.

Good and his wife Danette have five adult children and four grandchildren.

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Vice Presidents

The vice presidents oversee all of the administrative and support functions of the university. 

Chief Financial Officer
Cathy Anderson
Cathy Anderson
Chief Financial Officer

Cathy Anderson, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of Administrative Services for the University of Utah.  She assumed these roles in September 1, 2018 and July 1, 2020, respectively.

As CFO and VP of Administrative Services, Cathy is responsible for a variety of areas, including:  Budget and Planning, Auxiliary Services, Campus Planning and facilities management, Campus Safety, Investment Management, Treasury Services, Financial and Business Services, Internal Audit

As CFO, Cathy works in close partnership with the president and two senior vice presidents on the overall university budget, advising on strategies and actions that enable sound financial management and advancement of the entire University of Utah mission.  One of the key aspects of the role is carrying out the One U vision.

Cathy formerly served as chief financial officer for main campus; associate vice president for budget and planning and associate dean for finance and administration in the School of Medicine.

She was chief financial officer for Cimarron Software before joining the University of Utah.  She has also held several positions with the Utah State Auditor’s Office.

Cathy has a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Utah and is a certified public accountant.

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Lori McDonald
Lori McDonald
Student Affairs

Lori McDonald, PhD, is serving in her third year as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Utah. She has previously served as Associate Vice President and Dean of Students from 2013 – 2019.

Credited with the capacity to build vibrant partnerships with major offices and academic units across campus, McDonald provides innovative leadership to a comprehensive Student Affairs Division that includes Housing & Residential Education, Student Development & Inclusion, Student Health & Wellness and the Office of the Dean of Students. As Dean, she served as the Student Affairs Administrator for Campus Emergency Management and as the Senior Deputy Title IX coordinator and now sits on the President's Cabinet and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs' Academic Leadership Team.

McDonald earned her doctorate from the University of Utah’s Department of Educational Leadership & Policy. She has a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in biology, also from the U. This year of her tenure as Vice President marks the twenty-fifth year of service within the University of Utah’s Division of Student Affairs.

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Mary Ann Villarreal
Mary Ann Villarreal
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Mary Ann Villarreal, Ph.D. is fueled by an unwavering commitment to ensure the doors to receiving a degree remain open and the table is set for everyone to participate. As the inaugural vice president for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Utah, she provides leadership and strategic oversight of diversity and inclusion initiatives across the University’s academic and health sciences campuses.

Through difficult and meaningful conversations with people representing a variety of perspectives and diverse communities, Villarreal aims to foster a shared commitment to cultural transformation in practice, policy, and processes at the U and in higher education. In doing so, she also serves on the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ Board of Directors and the executive committee of the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities’ Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence.

Prior to her current role, Villarreal served as the associate vice president of strategic initiatives at California State University, Fullerton; the associate dean at Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver; an assistant professor of history at the University of Colorado, Boulder; and an instructor as well as an assistant professor of history and ethnic studies at the University of Utah. She has authored articles and book chapters, and her book Listening to Rosita: The Business of Tejana Music and Culture, 1930–1955, won the South Texas College Américo Paredes Book Award.

Adopted and raised by her grandparents in a small Texas town at the junction of Texas Highways 239 and 35, Villarreal’s grandmother and sister worked extra jobs so that she could participate in extracurricular activities—a practice that made her a strong believer in creating equity in access to high-impact practices. Villarreal enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and became the first member of her family to earn a degree. She holds a bachelor’s in women’s studies from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University.

When not working, Villarreal enjoys the quiet moments of drinking coffee on the deck with her partner and the laughter when they play board games with their two children and her grandmother. She starts each day knowing she stands on the shoulders of brave and courageous mentors who set her on the path to learning and growing in social justice work and the field of oral history; this path has taught her to enter spaces with a responsibility to make room for others. She believes education can change the trajectory of a life—since it remarkably changed hers.

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Mark Harlan
Mark Harlan
Director of Athletics

In June 2021, Mark Harlan began his fourth year as director of athletics at the University of Utah. A veteran administrator with a deep history in the Pac-12 Conference, Harlan brought more than 20 years of intercollegiate athletics experience at five universities to Salt Lake City, including four years as director of athletics at the University of South Florida.

In his first three years at Utah, Harlan has overseen significant success in competition, in the classroom, in the community, and in fundraising, with marked improvements to the student-athlete experience. The skiing program has won two national championships (2019, 2021) and was the leader through two days of the 2020 NCAA Championships when the meet was canceled; the football program won back-to-back Pac-12 South championships in 2018 and ’19, and played in the Holiday Bowl and Alamo Bowl; gymnastics finished third at the 2021 NCAA Championships, advanced to the 2019 NCAA semifinals and claimed both the 2021 Pac-12 Championship and the 2020 regular season Pac-12 title; and the volleyball program has competed in three consecutive NCAA tournaments with a Sweet 16 appearance in 2019.

In addition, the men’s tennis, women’s cross-country and men’s golf programs have advanced to NCAA Championships competition as teams, and the Utes achieved their highest final fall ranking in the 2019 Learfield/IMG Director’s Cup, ranking 18th, third among Pac-12 schools. That 2019 fall sports season saw all four of Utah’s fall sports programs reach postseason play.

Academic achievement has risen to new heights under Harlan’s leadership, with Utah’s student-athletes posting the top three semester GPAs, including a program-record 3.57 in Spring 2020. In each of his three years at Utah, the Utes’ student-athletes have broken the previous record for full-year GPA, including a GPA of 3.407 in 2020-21. That topped the previous record of 3.387 set in 2019-20, which had eclipsed the previous best of 3.25 in 2018-19, Harlan’s first year at the U.

In addition, Utah’s 95-percent graduation rate, according to the NCAA’s November 2018 Graduation Success Rate report, was the highest in school history, and has been followed by back-to-back 94-percent rates in the 2019 and 2020 reports.

Harlan has spearheaded the development of the Ken Garff Red Zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium, which opened in 2021 and expands the stadium’s capacity to 51,444, while adding new team locker room facilities, club spaces and premium seating. Groundbreaking took place in November 2019, and construction on the $80 million expansion began in early 2020 on the project that will also fully enclose the stadium’s south end zone area. Harlan and University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins unveiled plans for the project in November 2018, and in April 2019 announced the Ken Garff family’s $17.5 donation, the largest gift in Utah Athletics history.

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Jason Perry
Jason Perry
Government Relations

Jason Perry is the Vice President for Government Relations and the Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.  Jason brings more than 25 years of experience working in the public sector, where he has worked extensively with policy makers at the local, state, and federal level.

Jason is a graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at The University of Utah and began his career working for Attorney General Jan Graham. A passionate advocate for protecting children, Jason helped launch the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce and received the FBI Director’s Award for distinguished service to the law enforcement community. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Following his service in the Attorney General’s office, Jason became an Administrative Judge in Utah’s Department of Commerce where he quickly rose to the level of deputy director. While serving in this capacity, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. appointed Jason to serve as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. During his time leading GOED, he was instrumental in the recruitment and expansion of companies that bolstered Utah’s economy and helped the state receive numerous national accolades including one of the Most Business Friendly States, Most Dynamic Economy, and Best Managed State.  Most recently, Jason served as the Chief of Staff for Governor Gary Herbert.  Jason became Vice President for Government Relations at the University of Utah in 2011 and Director of the Hinckley Institute in 2016.

Jason makes his home in Salt Lake City with his wife Mary Catherine and their four children.

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Chris Nelson
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer (Interim)

Chris Nelson is the interim chief marketing and communications officer for the University of Utah, filling the role previously held by William Warren for 10 years. Prior to being named interim CMCO, Nelson served as the university’s communications director and chief spokesperson. Over the course of his 25-year career at the university, Nelson has held a number of senior roles in strategic communications, marketing and fundraising, including: assistant vice president for public affairs at University of Utah Health and executive director of the University of Utah Hospital Foundation. He holds a master’s degree in public administration, bachelor’s degrees in mass communication and political science, and a graduate certificate in integrated marketing communications—all from the University of Utah. 

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Jeff Herring
Jeff Herring
Chief Human Resources Officer

Jeff Herring has served as the Chief Human Resource Officer at the University of Utah since 2013. Prior to the U, Jeff served on the Governor’s Cabinet as the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Human Resource Management for 12 years. In HR, Jeff has consistently focused on developing the organizations strategic efforts using principles of increasing customer service, efficiency and effectiveness, and leadership capacity.

Prior to his public service, Jeff worked as an attorney focusing in the area of labor and employment law.

Jeff earned his BA in History from the University of Utah. He then went on to earn his MBA with an emphasis on HR and completed his law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California.

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Andy Weyrich
Andy Weyrich
Research

Andrew S. Weyrich has served as the Vice President for Research (VPR) since July 2016. He is also a Professor of Internal Medicine and holds an H.A. & Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair. Prior to his current position as VPR, Weyrich was the Associate Dean for Research at the School of Medicine. He also served as the Interim Director of the Molecular Medicine Program and Interim Associate Vice President for Research at Health Sciences in 2017-2018.

Weyrich oversees 18 research administrative units that ensures research compliance and regulation and support faculty and student scientific activities across campus. This includes research programs for: grant development, environmental health and safety, research integrity and compliance, and education & training. In addition, he is the President of the University of Utah’s Research Foundation (UURF), which cultivates research innovation and technology transfer as well as promote the university’s real estate prospects and industry partnerships.

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Phyllis Vetter
Phyllis Vetter
General Counsel

Educational Experience:

  1. University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, J.D., 1987 Order of the Coif (Top 2%) Utah Law Review, Articles Editor

Professional Experience:

  1. Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy, Shareholder
  2. Utah Supreme Court, Clerkship with the Honorable Michael D. Zimmerman

Professional Associations and Community Activities:

  1. National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  2. Past President Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake Board of Trustees
  3. Past President University of Utah Honors College National Advisory Board
  4. Utah State Bar, Ethics and Discipline Committee Member

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Heidi Woodbury
Heidi Woodbury
Institutional Advancement

Heidi Woodbury has led Advancement at the University of Utah as the vice president for University Advancement since February 2019.  During her tenure, she has spearheaded several fundraising campaigns and led the university to exceed its $2 billion Imagine New Heights campaign goal. Since her appointment as vice president, University Advancement has developed campus-wide partnerships with a renewed focus on donor-centric fundraising and a One U approach to customer service and teamwork.

Prior to Heidi’s current position, she served in various leadership roles in the David Eccles School of Business from 1996 – 2019, most recently as assistant dean for external relations. Under her direction, financial support from private, foundation, and industry donors significantly increased; new academic centers and facilities were built to meet the needs of students, faculty, and our community’s business professionals; and alumni connections across the nation and world have flourished. Prior to joining the Eccles School, Heidi was the director of public relations for KUER-FM, the university’s public radio station. During her storied career, Heidi has been the recipient of many awards for her outstanding achievements, most recently the Patti N. Choate Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Fundraising Profession from the Utah Society of Fundraisers.

Growing up in rural Utah, Heidi’s post-high school vision was not to attend college. Fortunately, her academic counselor urged her to apply for the prestigious University of Utah leadership scholarship. The scholarship offered life changing opportunities, enabling her to graduate from the U with a degree in Social and Behavioral Science in 1989. Heidi has since dedicated her life’s work to paying it forward and facilitating more University of Utah chances for those who want to achieve higher education goals.

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Keith Squires
Keith Squires
Chief Safety Officer, Interim

As interim Chief Safety Officer of the University of Utah, Keith Squires is responsible for the oversight and coordination of all campus safety initiatives, as well as supervising the university's public safety divisions.

He served in Governor Gary Herbert’s cabinet as the Utah Commissioner of Public Safety, retiring in September 2018 after 31 years of service as a law enforcement officer. He served as the homeland security advisor for Governors Huntsman and Herbert. Keith has served the state in many other capacities, including as director of the State Bureau of Investigation, assistant superintendent of the Utah Highway Patrol, and director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Keith served as a state and local law enforcement advisor to U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

He holds a master’s degree in homeland defense and security from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a bachelor’s degree in administration of criminal justice. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and FBI National Executive Institute.

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University Governing Bodies

Board of Trustees
The university’s Board of Trustees is comprised of 10 people, eight of whom are appointed by the governor with the consent of the Utah State Senate. The president of the University of Utah Alumni Association serves as a member, as does the president of the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU). Appointed members to the board serve four-year terms. The board is responsible for overseeing the effective and efficient administration and operation of the university. The board is responsible for approving all university policies and the university’s annual budget.
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Board of Regents
The Board of Regents is the governing body for the Utah System of Higher Education. The board’s major responsibilities include selecting and evaluating institutional presidents, setting policy, reviewing programs and degrees, approving institutional missions, and submitting a unified higher education budget request to the governor and state legislature. The board is comprised of 17 Utah citizens, all appointed by the governor.
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Academic Senate
The academic senate is comprised of elected members of the university’s faculty and is considered integral to the shared governance of the university. The senate acts for the faculty in all matters of educational policy, including requirements for admissions, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and curricular matters involving relations between colleges or departments. It also participates and provides input on decisions relating to the general academic operations of the university including budget decisions and administrative appointments.
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Cabinet
The cabinet meets weekly and is comprised of senior university leaders who provide advice and counsel to the president. Membership on the cabinet is at the discretion of the president.
President’s Leadership Council
The PLC is comprised of leaders from across campus who meet quarterly for the purpose of information sharing, creative problem solving and aligning the entire organization to a shared mission and vision.