Dear University of Utah community,
Happy New Year! As we begin 2024, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our committed students, faculty, staff, researchers, health care providers, donors, alumni and friends for your efforts and contributions during the past year. Thanks to you, the U continues to rise toward excellence, with an even stronger reputation as one of the nation’s leading research universities and a new Wall Street Journal ranking of #1 public university in the West. I want to take a moment to recognize some significant accomplishments we made in 2023, which you’ll find below organized by month.
Charting a course for 2024, we’re guided by our vision to inspire, innovate, serve and have an impact on the lives of all Utahns. This year we will develop a new five-year strategic plan, giving us a unique opportunity to align our efforts across both main and health campuses. This alignment will positively influence our faculty, staff and students as we work to achieve our goals of innovative discovery, statewide service, and providing our students with a quality education that prepares them for successful careers.
As part of these efforts, we will be launching new degrees, certificates and online programs to boost the next frontier in higher education that meet students where they are and improves access to programing across the board. We will also be working to streamline undergraduate general education. Our new career services expansion is now fully embedded in colleges and departments across campus, and we look forward to seeing the impact these efforts have on career placement and success. Additionally, we eagerly anticipate welcoming new leadership to our Colleges of Business and Engineering, as we seek to fill dean positions.
In the coming year, we’ll also be planning for the physical future of our campus, with work already underway to complete a comprehensive 10-year master plan that includes both main and health campus as well as Research Park. We will open this fall the newest living learning facility—the Epicenter, as well as expanding STEM education with the new Applied Sciences building. In addition, we look forward to breaking ground on more housing for our growing student body and begin construction on the John and Marcia Price Engineering building, the Center for Medical Innovation, and the first phase of University of Utah Health’s medical campus in West Valley.
In the area of research, we will continue to make progress toward our goal of $1 billion in external funding and expect to expand our economic impact and development across the state. The Office of the Vice President of Research also anticipates unveiling an exciting new commercialization strategy in collaboration with the Utah System of Higher Education.
This fall will mark our first season in the Big 12 athletic conference, where we look forward to competing on the national stage with rivals new and old. In October, we will have the privilege of serving as the literal national stage when we host of one of three U.S. Presidential Debates. This historic opportunity will showcase our state and university to the world while giving our students and campus the chance to actively engage in the civic process.
I want to again express my appreciation for the dedication and hard work of all members of the U community. Our greatest resource is our people, and I am grateful for your collective efforts in positioning the University of Utah as one of the nation’s top public universities. Thank you for your continued commitment to the U. I look forward to all we will achieve in the new year.
President Taylor Randall
University of Utah