The University of Utah College of Science announced the selection of attorney and former Utah legislator Tim Hawkes as a senior fellow. In addition to advising college leadership, Hawkes will also serve on the executive advisory board for the Wilkes Center for Climate Science & Policy.
Hawkes currently serves as general counsel and vice-chair of the board for the Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, where he handles a wide variety of legal and regulatory issues, as well as business strategy, strategic communications, and governmental affairs, particularly on issues that relate to the Great Salt Lake. Tim has nearly two decades worth of experience in water law and policy and advocating for Utah’s natural resources.
During his eight years in the Utah State Legislature, Hawkes served in house leadership as rules chair, and on the Business & Labor and Natural Resource Committees. He also sponsored many important pieces of water legislation. A trained mediator and outdoor enthusiast, Hawkes served for ten years as the Utah director for Trout Unlimited. From 2014-2017, he co-chaired Utah’s recommended state Water Strategy Team. Hawkes holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law.
“I am delighted to serve as an inaugural senior fellow of the College of Science,” said Hawkes. “I look forward to working with Dean Trapa and the exceptional staff and faculty of the college to help address critical environmental challenges facing Utah. Both the college and the Wilkes Center for Climate Science & Policy can shape and support policy decisions at all levels.”
Hawkes is the first fellow selected by the College of Science. The College of Science Fellows program will expand in the future to include other experts and leaders in strategic areas of opportunity.
“I am excited to have Tim Hawkes join us as Senior Fellow and advisor to the College of Science,” said Dean Peter Trapa. “Tim’s policy acumen and understanding of environmental issues fit perfectly with President Randall’s vision to enhance the U’s unsurpassed societal impact.”