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Published: Monday, Nov. 7 2011 5:35 p.m. MST

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kiaoraguy
Provo, UT

this could get more interesting than the PAC12 stuff

EJM
Herriman, UT

Please. No.

Mike Johnson
Stafford, VA

For Shurtleff, I guess, if you can't beat the BCS, then join them. I hope he doesn't try to get Utah out of the Pac-12.

RRB
SLC, UT

Shurtleff president? He could teach them that obeying the law is not required to get a head in Utah.

Rock Of The Marne
Phoenix, AZ

No offense but he isn't qualified. He has neither higher education experience nor any university research experience. I am as qualified as he is and in no way do I think I should be considered if I were to apply. I would say a research based PhD would be a minimum requirement as well as experience in a high level position (Dean or Research VP) at another major research university.

Stenar
Salt Lake City, UT

What on earth? He is in no way qualified to be a university president. JUST SAY NO!!!!

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Shurtleff would be a great University President!

They really need someone with some common sense, real world experience, and ability to manage large projects and assign tasks. He can do all of that.

Of course, he is not a flaming liberal or elite, even arrogant, academic type, so he will immediately be seen unfavorably by the stuffy selection committee looking to pick one of "their" types.

I bet he would work for half the pay of the last President of the U., and do at least as good ajob, and bring a breath of fresh air to a place that spends a ton of money, much of it foolishly (in my opinion).

If the U. wants someone who can actually talk and work with the Legislature instead of disrespecting and disobeying the hand that funds them, Shurtleff would work.

Bold move, Mark Shurtleff!

On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

I don't think a university president needs to have a long list of academic credentials; I don't even think a university president needs a PhD (Michael Young doesn't have one, by the way). Some of the key things a university president does need, in my opinion, include:

* an open mind
* an appreciation for rigorous research and academic freedom
* a willingness to foster a culture of innovation, including helping researchers secure the funding they need
* an appreciation for formal education, and a vision for how to make it more affordable and more relevant to students
* an understanding of the value of the university to the community, and a vision for how to increase that value
* a willingness and ability to work effectively with lawmakers and the community to accomplish shared goals for the institution

Michael Young fit that bill. I think Shurtleff could, as well.

jpjazz
Sandy, UT

This would be an excellant choice.

Wiley Old School
RIC, VA

Two Words: Kim Clark

doc24
PROVO, UT

No Michael Young does not have a Ph.D. but Michael Young does have a distinguished record of scholarly work and quality teaching as a faculty member at Columbia University and as Dean of George Washington Law School. Comparing the two is just dumb. Other than both having gone to law school (Harvard for Young & Utah for Shurtliff) they have really nothing in common. He would be a horrible choice and would never have support of the faculty.

Young was a fantastic president look at the accomplishments in fundraising and raising the research profile of the U. His quality record is why he was recruited to Washington, do you think UW would select him and pay 750,000 a year if he didn't do a great job at Utah?

The next president should have a strong research background and understand the complexities of a major research institution with a medical school.

golfrUte
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Is this a publicity stunt or merely a joke? The AG is so far out of his league it's laughable.
The U won't have a problem attracting a long list of qualified candidates. I don't think we have anything to fear with Mr. Shurtleff's grandiose aspirations of running the state's flagship university.

Hatch
Sandy, UT

If he can add and subtract he will be a step up. This year the University is losing millions because the current president agreed to play football in the Pac12 for free. Thats right for free. The school gets all the expenses of traveling and playing and they get none (thats right none) of the income. Thats our tax dollars paying for those expenses. Why wasn't there a public vote? The University of Utah is the only BCS conference school that has ever been ask to prove themselves in this demeaning way and the University president agreed. "I am Utah man sir I live across the green I play football and pump you gas for free...."

UTAH Bill
Salt Lake City, UT

Oh, please - no. As a U alum and a former Shurtleff co-worker I can't imagine that a man who so easily bows to the whims of the legislature would stand up for the interests of the U. It's not about whether Shurtleff is a Conservative or a Liberal. It's about the ability to be independent in the face of political pressure. This Republican Ute would cease to support the U with contributions if Shurtleff were chosen as president.

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

Really? Really?

golfrUte
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@ Hatch
You need to check your facts. This year the U will receive a 1/12 share of the PAC 12 championship game revenue which is estimated at $2 million per school. The old Mt West deal paid each school $1.3 million per season. In the first year we come out ahead by $700,000. Next season, the U's 50% share will approach $8-9 million plus their share of the online broadcast revenues, plus another $2 million from the championship game, plus 1/12 share of the PAC 12 bowl revenue.

The move to the PAC 12 was a financial "no brainer."

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Yes, the man who hates the BCS wants to be President of a BCS school. If Utah gets in the Rose Bowl while he is serving will he stay home? Fat chance.

Allen#2
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Mark Shurtleff is as qualified as Mike Leavitt.

NEITHER one is qualified to head the University of Utah. Lobbying ability does not equate to leading the U.

FreeAndClear
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Noooooo! Don't want Shurtleff at the U! This is a man whose major accomplishment is covering his own back. He has been ineffective as AG, spending dollars and time making friends with polygamists, allowing them a platform for their agenda, and letting polygamy abuses go unchallenged. The only benefit I could see is that is that it might prevent another term as AG, opening it up for someone with the will to actually do something about the polygamy problems in the state.

FreeAndClear
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

BTW this article states "He doesn't plan on talking about it," Murphy said, adding that Shurtleff wants to respect the confidentiality of the process"
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Isn't there a contradiction here? - the process keeps applicants' names confidential, but he publicly confirms his appointment, all the while respecting the "confidentiality of the process." That's a complete contradiction in terms that speaks volumes about the kind of man he is!

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