The University of Utah on Thursday inaugurated David W. Pershing as its 15th president in a campus gathering that included Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.
"It takes a man of vision and talent to take the reins of this flagship," the governor told an audience packed with deans, trustees, presidents, regents and other dignitaries in Kingsbury Hall.
Pershing is a chemical engineering professor who joined the U. faculty in 1977 and rose through various administrative appointments, including provost, before being named president in January, succeeding Michael Young. Young left in 2011 to lead the University of Washington.
Pershing won the post with his commitments to revitalize the undergraduate experience at the state’s flagship and connect it with the entire state.