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University Organization & Governance


The President and Cabinet

The University of Utah’s top administrative structure consists of the President and two senior vice-presidents: the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences who is also the Executive Dean of the School of Medicine and CEO, Health Systems, as well as other vice presidents. The President’s Cabinet includes the vice presidents and special assistants to the president. The president of the Academic Senate (faculty) meets regularly with the cabinet. The responsibilities of the administrative officers (i.e. the President, Vice Presidents, and Deans) are set forth in the University policies.

University Administration Org Chart

University Colleges and Departments

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Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs, through its senior vice president, has primary responsibility for setting the academic focus for the University of Utah and directing and enhancing its mission, both at the undergraduate and graduate/professional levels. The office guides academic and long-range institutional planning, with oversight of academic faculty and staff, budget planning, enrollment management, information resources, and student admissions and retention.

The senior vice president of academic affairs—a position known as a provost at other universities—reports directly to the president as a member of the executive leadership team and actively participates in setting the strategic direction while aligning academic and budget priorities.

Health Sciences

University of Utah Health is an economic engine unlike any other in Utah. With more than 20,000 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 well-being of Utah residents in every corner of the state and from all walks of life.

The Senior Vice President for Health Sciences who is also the Executive Dean of the School of Medicine and CEO, Health Systems reports directly to the president and oversees the University Health Sciences which includes the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics as well as professional schools in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy Health, and Dentistry.

Student Affairs

The Student Affairs office is a resource for students. To see the resources available, please click here.

Student Government

The Associated Students of the University of Utah is the student governance body representing student interests. For more information, click here.

Academic Senate

The Academic Senate plays an integral part in the shared governance by representing faculty and legislating matters of education policy at the University of Utah. Much of the actual Senate work is carried out by the nine senate-elected committees, which work on the central academic issues of the institution. They report to the full Senate, and the Senate often acts on their proposals as well as on issues brought to its attention by the administration