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University of Utah President Ruth Watkins is stepping down


She will be taking a position as president of Strada Impact.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Ruth Watkins, the University of Utah President, pictured on Nov. 4, 2019. She announced Jan. 12, 2021, that she is stepping down from leading the school.

University of Utah President Ruth Watkins announced Tuesday that she will be stepping down.

In a letter to campus, Watkins said she has accepted a post to lead Strada Impact, a national education program focused on getting students to complete college. That will begin in April.

Watkins said she is leaving the U. with “a grateful heart” after also working to improve degree completion there.

“I offer my deepest gratitude to all who have contributed to the U’s vital work and success, and who have given me the opportunity to be part of this community,” she said.

She has been leading the U. since April 2018.

The Salt Lake Tribune will update this developing story.

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