U. President Michael Young announced as president of University of Washington

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  • Economist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 26, 2011 3:05 p.m.

    It would benefit the University greatly, if someone other than another male espousing Mormon and conservative values were to succeed Young.

  • That's A Good One Meridian, ID
    April 26, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    RE: Dutchman | 12:27 p.m. April 26, 2011

    Ya, compare apples to oranges. That's about as ridiculous as saying "When was the last time a U of U president left to become a prophet, seer, and revelator?"

    The jobs that former U presidents have gone on to show that an impressive string of leaders have been at the helm. But to attempt to make comparisons that diminish former BYU presidents or to suggest that no former BYU president is capable of having become any of those things that former U presidents have gone on to is ludicrous.

  • That's A Good One Meridian, ID
    April 26, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    "No success can compensate for failure in the home".
    -David O. McKay

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    April 26, 2011 12:27 p.m.

    Allen #1,

    When was the last time a BYU president left to direct NASA at the behest of the President of the United States? U Pres. James Fletcher did it twice. When did a BYU president leave to become president of the University of California system which includes UCLA and Cal-Berkeley? U Pres. David Gardner did. When did a BYU president leave to become President of the University of Florida? U pres Bernie Machen did. Do you mean to suggest that if BYU presidents had these opportunities that the church would want them to stay at BYU and not project their influence in other places? I think not. Staying in one job a long time is not always best for the person or the organization.

  • Old Scarecrow Brigham City, UT
    April 26, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    Young has been an effective leader and administrator at the U., as he has been in previous positions in the east. He will undoubtedly find success in Seattle, as well. One of the key job requirements of a university president is to increase the funding of his institution, and to grow its influence and impact. The state of Utah doesn't need a diminished flagship university, quite the opposite. It's too bad to lose Pres. Young, but he was in a difficult situation that called for a change. A more complete story can be found in northwest media sources.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 26, 2011 10:31 a.m.


    Comparing the tenure of BYU's Presidents to that of the U's Presidents is apples to oranges. Especially since BYU began the practice calling their President into the Quorum of the Seventy at the same time. You don't resign from the Quorum of the Seventy, you simply serve where you are called and currently President Samuelson's calling is to serve as President of BYU. He will serve there until the First Presidency decides his assignment should change.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    April 26, 2011 9:54 a.m.

    Thanks President Young. Univesity President's rarely have long tenures and it is often good in any position to move on to new challenges before the energy and vision for the old position lessens. Good luck and enjoy the North West.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    April 26, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    Red Smith,

    That $2.6 billion dollar budget funds a lot of research including vital life saving medical research not just money to educate students. The U is by far and away the biggest economic engine the State has in terms of economic development, jobs and the amount of business activity generated that ends up in the private sector. When it comes to creating new start-ups from academic research, only MIT compares to the University of Utah. The University of Utah has become a leader in commercializing scientific breakthroughs.

  • Allen#1 West Valley, UT
    April 26, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    Why not be creative and select the proven business leader H. David Burton to be the next president of the University of Utah?

    He is also a successful University of Utah graduate who has positive influence at the highest level in both the State of Utah and the LDS Church...or would that offend the ACLU?

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    April 26, 2011 9:25 a.m.

    University presidents are not expected to stay around a long time. Most univerisities desire new leadership about every seven to ten years in order to prevent stagnation in thought and policies.

    As for pay, most of the department chairs at the U and I assume the president as well are paid with donations from foundations and private individuals. I don't know why D N Subscriber keeps beating this drum because it has been pointed out ad nauseum.

    As for the ACLU comment made by sammyg, it may be of interest to know that many ACLU attorneys in Utah and a previous director of the ACLU in Utah are graduates of the J. Rueben Clark Law School at BYU. Why don't you have some fun with that one.

  • fanUVU Orem, UT
    April 26, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    Congrats, Mike! You will do well. Benson for the U!

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    April 26, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    (cont.) What a degree shows an employer is that you've spent time working on your critical thinking and are generally knowledgeable about how the world works. The key to a successful business is always innovative thinking, and that's what "degrees to nowhere" can get you. Seriously walk around a large business and ask what everybody's degree is in, I'll bet they're not all directly related to where they work now.

    As to the debt thing, it's very possible to go through college without accruing large debt. I worked, went full time to school (at the U), lived on my own, graduated cum laude, and left school with $0 in debt. Noone had to help me pay for school...it's all about priorities and how much you want it.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    April 26, 2011 7:48 a.m.

    Red Smith,

    Way to simplify the matter to an absurd degree. You act like all the money is directly attributable to each student. A lot of the budget is private donations so researchers can buy necessary equipment. You may not like the universities (apparently from your comment), but I'll bet when you get sick and go to a hospital, you're glad that some university researcher somewhere discovered how to make you feel better.

    As to your "degrees to nowhere" I don't believe in such a thing. Just because there isn't a lot of jobs directly related to a degree doesn't mean that degree hasn't helped that person. Law schools, for example, love candidates that come with philosophy, comparative literature, or African-American studies degrees. A lot of employers also just want to see that you have a degree of some kind. The fact of the matter is, you can get job training. Even an accountant that gets a job in accounting has to spend a lot of time on job training. (cont...)

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    April 26, 2011 6:51 a.m.

    Under Young's leadership, the U's budget increases from $1.6 Billion to $2.6 Billion an increase of $1 Billion.

    The U has 31,000 students. The U's $2.6 Billion budget divided by 31,000 students is $80,600 spent per student per year.

    Degrees to no where, students loaded with debt, after we spend $322,500 to get them a degree for a $40,000 year job. There is something wrong with this picture.

    I don't know how much "leadership" it takes to spend $322,500 to get a 19 year old to read 30 books over a 4 year period.

    What we need is an iphone application to replace the U.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    April 25, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    Not all BYU fans are out to troll U articles. I just want to put in my modest opinions. First of all, anyone that doesn't believe a university president deserves a salary that compares to the CEO of a large corporation is asking for mediocre of an organization that brings in a lot of revenue for the State of Utah.

    Also, an insult served only on the basis of the ACLU is pretty weak. Not everyone hates the ACLU, after all. It is an organization that might on occasion cross the line but on the other hand does a lot of good much of the time.

    Finally, I once took another job because it paid more than where I worked before. Does that make me evil?

    Calm down, people. It's a guy leaving one employee for whom he did a great job on good terms in order to take a similar job elsewhere for his own reasons. That doesn't deserve the vitriol that some people are spewing here.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    April 25, 2011 10:36 p.m.

    So, I am not into the Y and U rivalry, but why would the U's President bring out "trolls" and what would they be saying? I honestly would think that the Y people would really not have an opinion on Young, I would think that there would be a divide at the U, probably because he is LDS and there are some who lean to a more liberal way of thinking there at the U. So good luck to him. I do have to say that I do admire people who will not leave a job when they are high paid to get more money. There are many like that, a lot of coaches and to me that is real class, not downing those that leave for more money, just saying, I respect those who are committed to those that they are working with.

  • Allen#1 West Valley, UT
    April 25, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    Pres. Young showed his love for the University of Utah by his lateral move to another PAC-12 school. BYU presidents have shown more class than UU presidents who jump at the chance to grab more money from the more affluent taxpayers of another state.

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    April 25, 2011 9:28 p.m.

    DN Subscriber, why would we want a radical right winger as the next President of the U of U? The fringes on both the right and left are out of touch; generally self serving and I feel very dangerous to our country. Moderates are what most American's are (slightly right of center), and that is the type of leader we need. More right wing or left wing radicals are the last thing we need as University President or any other leadership position as it is always about their radical self-serving agenda.
    Regarding pay, the reason Young left was partially for more money. The U of U is the chief innovative job creator (good jobs) in the State of Utah with many companies emerging as off growth of University of Utah based research with all the subsequent economic benefit (jobs, tax revenue). The good people of Utah have gotten an excellent return on investment on President Young's salary. To cut the pay/attractiveness of the position, thus likely limited the talent that would want the job that would be the perfect example of about jumping over dollars to pick up a penny.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 25, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    Not a big loss for Utah.

    But, it is a great opportunity to advertise for a replacement at a salary figure that is more appropriate (in the eyes of the taxpayers, if not in the opinion of the self proclaimed academic elites).

    Also, how about making this an opportunity for adding some of the often praised "diversity" to the U of U campus and picking someone who is a true conservative, not a flaming liberal like 95% of the rest of most universities faculties.

  • Mount Olympus Salt Lake, UT
    April 25, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    A lot of insecure BYU fans posting on this article.

  • BaneOfHedgehog Bothell, WA
    April 25, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    Best of luck at your new digs. Perhaps you could leave a lighted match on some dry tinder in some central location on your way out too...

  • Cambrai Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    @JustAnotherAverageGuy - Leadership is scalable and cream always rises to the top. Benson has been successful at every level and his history indicates that he would excel as President of the U.

    Also, don't confuse the size of a school's enrollment with its' President's ability to lead. Some of the finest universities in the country have small enrollments (e.g. Wake Forest - 4,400 students; Rice University - 3,500 undergrads; Duke University - 6,500 undergrads; University of Notre Dame - 8,300 undergrads to name a few).

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    April 25, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    You could go for Gee out of Ohio State if your #1 priority is a big school person. Maybe he would like to return home to Utah. Really though Benson is excellent. Maybe small schools to this point but he is excellent and I think he would be fantastic where ever he is and regalrdless of the size of the school.

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    April 25, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    Congrats to President Young on the new job.

    To sammyg and other Y trolls, glad to see your obsession with all things U of U goes beyond athletics; you're pure class little bro.

  • JustAnotherAverageGuy Holladay, UT
    April 25, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    For those promoting Michael Benson, I'd say it's a pretty big leap from Snow to SUU to the U. I'd rather see someone brought in who has previous experience at a school with more than 7500 students.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 25, 2011 3:43 p.m.


    You omitted one critical requirement... must be a card carrying ACLU member.

  • Cambrai Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2011 3:01 p.m.

    I agree with HavartiWhiz.

    Let the Michael T. Benson era begin at the U!

    He is an incredibly effective and powerful leader with a proven track record of success and accomplishment everywhere he has been. He would be welcomed back at the U with more than open arms...let's hope we are lucky enough to get him!

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    April 25, 2011 2:36 p.m.

    Adios M Young. The U needs a David Gardner type back at the helm.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    April 25, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    The U won't be a destination job until the state decides to dedicate themselves to it as a flagship campus. As it is (take a look at public records) the U pays its professors and administrators terribly. In many areas, it gets beat out by other state schools like Weber State, Utah State, and SUU. If you, as a PAC12 member, can't manage a better salary than they're handing out in Ceder City, don't hold your breath on becoming a respected institution in academics.

  • HavartiWhiz Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    Michael T. Benson for President anyone?

  • Levin Hightstown, NJ
    April 25, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    On behalf of Utah's stalwart football fans, I'd like to wish former Cougar Steve Sarkisian continued success at UW.

  • Serenity Now American Fork, UT
    April 25, 2011 1:29 p.m.

    Congratulations to President Young; he will do well at UW.

    I wish the U could become more of a destination job, rather than a stepping stone, for these highly qualified people like Young and Machen. His desire to move elsewhere probably stems from budget battles with the Legislature.

  • utesovertide Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2011 12:57 p.m.


    University presidents like Young get paid higher salaries like that because they operate billion dollar organizations. The U has a 2.5 Billion dollar operating budget, and Washington is near 4 Billion. Private sector positions like that would pay millions. Not saying whether it's right or wrong, I'm just saying those are the comparables.

    If they were making the same as most private sector presidents do for similar sized organizations, then I would be more worried.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    April 25, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    Bodes well for the U's move to the PAC 12 to have a friendly face on the PAC 12 president's council from the U of Washington plus the new president at the U.


    Classless commment. How did that get past the Deseret News monitors?

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    Wow, university presidents make a TON of money! Necessary???

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    April 25, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    Congrats to President Young for his new appointment!

  • The Jimmer Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    Must have been the ACLU comment.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 25, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    Thanks President Young. You did a lot of good while you were here. Too bad the Utah legislature couldn't see past philisophical differences to make this a more friendly place for you to stay. Good luck in new position.