Summer road trip: U leaders visit southern Utah

University of Utah Interim President Michael Good recently embarked on his first official summer road trip and the agenda was packed with opportunities to hear feedback and share information about the role the U plays as the state’s flagship university. The visit included meetings and tours with colleagues at Southern Utah University and Dixie State University (proposed name change: Utah Polytechnic State University); health care providers at Beaver Valley Hospital; Cedar City and St. George business leaders; U alumni and a few special stops in between. Next up, a similar trip to Davis County in July.

Good was joined by University of Utah leaders Dr. Lori McDonald, vice president for student affairs; Dr. Wayne Samuelson, medical school dean for education; Dr. Sara Lamb, medical school vice dean for education; Jason Perry, vice president for government relations; Jeff Herring, chief human resources officer; and Bill Warren, chief marketing and communications officer.

Trip highlights

A demonstration of how telemedicine is used at the Beaver Valley Hospital in partnership with health care providers at University of Utah Health. The stop also included a discussion about the continued importance of the Rural & Underserved Utah Training Experience (RUUTE) program.
Lunch with leaders from Southern Utah University and Cedar City.
Tour of Bulloch Drug with owner and U pharmacy alumnus and Utah state Sen. Evan Vickers
Dinner and presentation by Good to nearly 70 University of Utah alumni living and working in southern Utah.
A tour of the University of Utah St. George Graduate Center.
A tour of the University of Utah School of Dentistry’s Dixie State Dental Clinic.


A tour of the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program’s St. George location.
Lunch with leaders from St. George and Dixie State University (proposed name change: Utah Polytechnic State University).
And, a quick visit to the historic Lionel L. and Clista Lasson Peterson Dance Hall in Fairview along scenic Highway 89. The restored building honors Lionel Peterson and his wife, Clista, who were prominent citizens in the community in the 1930s through the 1960s and were the parents of Cleone Eccles (wife of Spencer F. Eccles).