It is my great privilege to serve as Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs for the University of Utah, with responsibility for the quality of our academic programs and facilities, the success of our faculty and students, and the alignment of campus resources with our priorities and strategic directions. It is a pleasure to be at a university that is working hard to get it right.
The University of Utah has the highest graduation rate, lowest average debt at graduation, and highest average beginning salary for graduates of any public institution in the state — and well above the national median. Simultaneously, the U manages to accomplish this while having the lowest undergraduate full-time tuition among our peers in the Pac-12. The U is a values-focused institution:
- We are driven to create an exceptional educational experience for every student and faculty member.
- We embrace our status as the flagship university for Utah and our research and educational efforts strive for transformative impact in our communities and across the globe.
- We work every day to create the conditions necessary for innovation: respect, diversity, enthusiasm, and insatiable curiosity about our universe.
Quite simply, we dare to discover, as shown by our Nobel Prize winner, molecular geneticist Mario Capecchi, the more than 70 faculty who are members of national academies and prominent foundations and institutes, and our status as the top research university for technology innovation.
It is an exciting time to be at the University of Utah with Ruth Watkins, our first woman president, providing inspiring leadership for what we believe is a model public university for the 21st century.
The leadership provided by our deans and directors is simply exceptional. Our students have the opportunity to work with world-class faculty and first-rate staff on a daily basis. For all of us, this is an exhilarating time to be at the U, demonstrated in the collective engagement of so many around a shared agenda of advancing excellence. I am deeply grateful for everyone’s efforts and look forward to working with you on your valuable endeavors in the months ahead.
Keith Diaz Moore, Ph.D., AIA, WELL AP
Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and
Dean, College of Architecture + Planning