University of Utah hires within, names David Pershing president

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  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    Is the whole "graduate in 4 years" over-emphasized?

    Many, many students work full-time and go to school part-time. (With the employer paying the tuition.) I see nothing wrong with this model. In fact, I suspect they get a much better education when their learning has a very heavy experience component to it.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Jan. 21, 2012 10:05 p.m.

    I suspect that the UofU's low graduating rate is related to many students leaving for two years to serve LDS missions. While in theory this should not put them over 6 years, timing issues and some programs being in reality more than 4-year programs do have effects.

    At my own alma mater, Wayne State Univeristy, they wish their 10-year graduation rate was as high as UofU's six-year rate.

  • WillTheWolf SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    Nice move by the University to choose someone who already has a vested interest in the University and is already part of the local community. Other state run universities back east should learn a lot from this kind of wisdom I am sure (including my own alma mater University of Illinois). I wish him and the University a long and successful tenure as President.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    I looked at the photos that accompany this article. There are no students.

  • Forrest Natchitoches, LA
    Jan. 21, 2012 10:14 a.m.

    Merry Christmas, U of U!

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Jan. 21, 2012 2:41 a.m.

    I attended a class he taught on heat transfer and I liked him. He was a good teacher and he made the class fun. Best wishes to him.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 11:09 p.m.

    "Pershing, 63, said that as president, he plans to make undergraduate education a 'top priority.'"
    I hope he keeps his word and that he's successful.

    The UofU had needed to place more emphasis on their undergraduate courses for decades.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 10:00 p.m.

    Congrats, Dr. Pershing.

  • UtahUte16 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 6:57 p.m.

    I'm glad they went with the candidate that was already involved in the institution. He seems like a very accomplished and driven man. I hope he helps continue to launch Utah into a bright future.

    He has been at the U since '77 and been in a leadership position for the last 14 years, has a doctorate in Chemical Engineering (one of the hardest degrees you can obtain), was the dean for the College of Engineering, has 5 patents, helped win $60 million in research grants, and I'm sure that's only some of his accomplishments. I feel confident in his abilities and hope he helps the University of Utah excel to the next level. Congratulations Dr. Pershing.

  • Norman Wright Provo, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 6:28 p.m.

    Congratulations on your appointment Dr. Pershing from your friends at the Woodbury School of Business.

  • Bill Shakespeare Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 5:46 p.m.

    He resembles the old guy from Jurassic Park! That is a good omen!

  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 5:29 p.m.

    Glad they chose the local guy.

    Jan. 20, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    I'll tell ya what, if his wisdom and administrative qualities even approximate the girth of his beard, why, we're in for a great few years! Go Utes!