Ruth Watkins

President, University of Utah

As the 16th president of the University of Utah, Dr. Ruth V. Watkins is focused on ensuring the U builds on its legacy of innovation, discovery and delivering outstanding value in higher education and health care. For students, this means an excellent and affordable educational experience culminating in timely degree completion. For patients, it means innovative, compassionate and affordable care. To enable the University to continue to excel in research, teaching and patient care, Dr. Watkins is committed to providing faculty with unwavering support and resources. Before her appointment as president this past spring, Dr. Watkins served as senior vice president for academic affairs. She came to the U in 2013 from the University of Illinois, where she spent 20 years in faculty and leadership roles. Dr. Watkins earned master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Kansas, where she studied communication development and disabilities in young children.


My Sessions

Creating a Secure, Supportive and Resilient Innovation Ecosystem to Enable LongTerm U.S. Competitiveness

Atrium Ballroom A

In this series of conversation, leaders will discuss the importance to U.S. competitiveness of both soft and hard innovation infrastructure. From the rules of the road to the roads themselves, it’s vital that the U.S. keep up with technological changes impact how, where and with whom we compete. Widening the pipeline from lab to market—ensuring […]