The list of candidates to lead University of Utah has been narrowed to 3 — here’s who they are

The University of Utah announced the three finalists for its next president on Wednesday. From left to right, Dr. Carrie L. Byington, Jayathi Y. Murthy and Taylor R. Randall. | University of Utah

Two women and one man were named finalists in the search for the 17th president of the University of Utah on Wednesday.

They are:

Dr. Carrie L. Byington, executive vice president for the University of California’s health enterprise and a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. Jayathi Y. Murthy, the Ronald and Valerie Sugar Dean at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Taylor R. Randall, dean of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

The presidential search committee winnowed the finalists to 11 candidates, two of whom dropped out. Nine applicants were interviewed.

The finalists, two with University of Utah ties, will be in Salt Lake City Aug. 4 and 5 to participate in a series of on-campus meetings, public forums, including interviews with the university board of trustees on Aug. 4.

The following day, the Utah Board of Higher Education will interview the


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