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The University of Utah is looking for its next Senior Vice President for Health Sciences

The University of Utah has launched a search for the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences / CEO of University of Utah Health. As is standard in executive searches at this level, the University has retained the services of Spencer Stuart to assist with the process, including recruitment, to ensure we have the highest caliber of candidates possible. Principal consultant Kathryn Sugerman will lead the Spencer Stuart team and help us to solicit and compile stakeholder input to inform the position profile before the application period begins.

As part of the information gathering process, we encourage your input via this brief SURVEY to help surface the characteristics and future vision we seek in this key University leadership role.

You are also invited to participate in an open forum / town-hall type listening session (virtual) with the Spencer Stuart team scheduled for:

We welcome nominations of highly qualified candidates or expressions of interest in the role. Please contact to apply or suggest a potential candidate.

Questions? Contact Laura Snow, 801-585-0773 or

Search Committee

(Co-Chair) - Senior VP for Academic Affairs / Provost
Mitzi Montoya
(Co-chair) - Dean, College of Pharmacy
Randy Peterson
CFO and VP Administrative Services
Cathy Anderson
CEO, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Mary Beckerle
Senior Director of Principal Gifts, U Advancement
Carolyn Buma
Dean, College of Nursing
Marla DeJong
Student, Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine
Steven Deng
Member, U Health Community Board of Directors
Hope Eccles
COO, U Health Hospitals and Clinics
Gina Hawley
President, Academic Senate (Dept. of Anesthesiology)
Harriet Hopf
Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
John Inadomi
Chair, Department of Surgery
Fiemu Nwariaku
Member, University of Utah Board of Trustees
Steve Price
Professor, Depts. of Human Genetics and Biomedical Informatics
Aaron Quinlan
Deputy General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
Brian Watts

About University of Utah Health

University of Utah Health is the only academic health center in Utah and provides patient care for the people of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, western Colorado, and much of Nevada. It also serves as the training ground for the majority of the state’s physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and other health care professionals.

With an annual budget of $5.7 billion (FY23), U of U Health is comprised of:

  • Five hospitals and 12 community health care centers
  • University of Utah Medical Group with 2,000 members
  • Highly-ranked $521.5 million research enterprise (FY23)
  • Six schools and colleges, including the Colleges of Health, Nursing, and Pharmacy, the School of Dentistry, the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine
  • 259,000 member health plan, offering medical, mental health, and pharmacy benefits for employer groups, individuals, and families, as well as Medicare and Medicaid
  • ARUP Laboratories, one of the nation’s largest reference laboratories
  • Numerous institutes and centers reflecting the health system’s strengths in oncology, cardiology, diabetes treatment, genetics, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, neuroscience, psychiatry, precision medicine, population health, global health, and more.

Excellence in patient care, education, and research—all in service to the community—is vital to our overall mission. Staffed by more than 25,000 employees, U of U Health is recognized nationally as a transformative health care system and regionally as a provider of world-class care.

About the University of UtahThe University of Utah logo

Founded in 1850 and located in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah is the flagship institution of higher learning in Utah, with 18 schools and colleges, more than 100 undergraduate and 90 graduate degree programs, and an enrollment of more than 35,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

With revenues more than $6 billion (FY21), the University is considered one of Utah’s primary economic engines. The institution generates more than $600 million annually for the state of Utah in nontax revenue, is the state’s largest employer, and has been a catalyst for research, technology, energy development and sustainability.

The University of Utah strives to be a model public university, delivering unmatched value in higher education and health care while making social, economic, and cultural contributions that improve the quality of life throughout the state, the nation, and the world. With a distinguished legacy of advancing research, teaching, and service, the University of Utah stands proudly at the forefront of discovery, academic achievement, and global impact.

One way the University of Utah is accomplishing this is through University of Utah Health, an economic engine unlike any other in Utah. With more than 25,000 faculty and staff it is one of the state's largest employers and contributes millions of dollars in net tax revenue to Utah every year. But University of Utah Health's impact goes beyond the balance sheet. Its bottom line includes the health and wellbeing of Utah residents in every corner of the state and from all walks of life. University of Utah Health is the only academic medical center in the state of Utah and provides patient care for the people of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, western Colorado, and much of Nevada. It also serves as the training ground for scientists and the majority of the state’s physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and other health care professionals.

The University of Utah is a member of the Association of American Universities—an invitation-only, prestigious group of 71 leading research institutions marked by excellence in academic expertise and research impact, student success, and securing resources in support of its core missions. The University of Utah is firmly committed to diversity of thought and lived experience; safety; health and well-being; academic freedom; and sustainability.

Fast Facts

  • 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 32% of domestic first-year students are of color
  • 24% of undergraduates identify as first-generation college students
  • 85% of students receive scholarships/financial support
  • 120 undergraduate majors
  • 125 graduate programs
  • 300,000+ U alumni


The University of Utah is set on the east bench of the Salt Lake City with views of the areas to the west, north, and south. Salt Lake City is the 47th largest metropolitan area in the United States. In recent years, the region has grown in population, cultural diversity, and accolades as Utah was named the 2023 No. 1 best state overall by U.S. News and World Report. The area is frequently listed by prestigious magazines and news outlets among the “best places to live” due to a variety of factors including recreational options, the business environment, climate, and a low crime rate.

From Forbes Magazine to CNBC, Utah has been rated one of the best states in the nation for doing business. Large business and residential development are popping up across the Wasatch Front, offering great career opportunities for graduates. Utah is home to a growing technology community, often referred to as Silicon Slopes, that ranges from start-ups to the biggest and most well-known tech companies, like Qualtrics, Domo, and Adobe.

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