SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – The inauguration for Ruth Watkins, the University of Utah’s 16th president was held Friday.
The ceremony, which was held on campus in Kingsbury Hall, is a tradition that officially marks the beginning of a new leader’s administration.
It included congratulatory messages from state officials and campus community members, presentation of the presidential medallion, the official charge from the chair of the Utah State Board of Regents and a keynote address by Watkins recognizing the university’s rich history and outlining the vision for its strong and vibrant future.
“I am honored to have the privilege to lead at this time of great acceleration at the University of Utah,” Watkins said. “As a research university with an academic medical center located on a single campus, we are uniquely positioned to leverage our tradition of collaborative and innovative work in a way that impacts Utah, the nation and the world for good.”
The Utah State Board of Regents selected Watkins to lead the state’s flagship institution in January 2018. When she began her tenure in April, she became the first woman to lead the university in its 168-year history.
“Since taking the helm of the university in April, President Watkins has continued to emphasize the strength of the university, its responsibility to be the university for Utah and a place that strives to be welcoming and inclusive for people from all backgrounds, and its focus on providing an exceptional educational experience to students while maintaining the value they have come to expect,” said David Burton, chair of the University of Utah Board of Trustees. “I am looking forward to celebrating this momentous occasion with her and the rest of the university.”