Dr. Ruth V. Watkins began serving as the 16th president of the University of Utah on April 2, 2018. Prior to that, she served as the U’s senior vice president for academic affairs. In that role, she provided leadership for the university’s academic mission, guiding the campus on matters related to faculty, staff and students. She also helped set the U’s strategic direction and align its resources with academic priorities. Watkins is an advocate for advancing the success and impact of the U as a top-tier research university, including enhancing student success through degree completion and expanding research and creative activity.