After a seven-month search for a new University of Utah president, the state Board of Regents on Tuesday named as finalists the school’s senior vice president for academic affairs, David Pershing, and Kumble R. Subbaswamy, Pershing’s counterpart at the University of Kentucky.
A search committee had submitted four names to the Regents last week, but two withdrew their candidacy because they didn’t want their names made public, according to Regents chair David Jordan.
"We are thrilled with our two finalists. We can’t make a bad choice," Jordan said. Pershing, a chemical engineer, is among the U.’s most decorated faculty members, while Subbaswamy, a physicist, has a record of administrative leadership at three different universities.
"As a member of the search committee, I can tell you that I am very pleased with the two finalists," wrote U. faculty senate president Patricia Hanna, a linguistics professor, in an e-mail. The Regents’ search committee is a diverse group — comprised of Regents, U. faculty and staff and a student leader, and outside donors and advisors — that has been working since June to identify the three to five best-qualified contenders to succeed Michael Young and lead the state’s flagship.