This Women’s History Month the Salt Lake Chamber is sitting down with female leaders from around the state to talk about their path to success, what inspires them and how others could follow in their footsteps. In this video we sit down with University of Utah President-Elect Dr. Ruth Watkins.

About Dr. Ruth Watkins

Dr. Ruth V. Watkins has served as the senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Utah since August 2013. Dr. Watkins provides leadership for the university’s academic mission, guiding the campus on matters related to faculty, staff and students. She works closely with President David W. Pershing and others to set the university’s strategic direction and align the U’s resources with its academic priorities. As senior vice president, she has been an advocate for advancing the success and impact of the U as a top-tier research university, including enhancing student success through degree completion and expanding research and creative activity.

Dr. Watkins came to Utah from the University of Illinois, where she spent 20 years in leadership and faculty roles, including associate provost for undergraduate education, vice provost and chief of staff, and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

She began her academic career at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Watkins graduated with highest honors from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology. She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in child language at the University of Kansas; her scholarship focuses on communication development and disabilities in young children.

Dr. Watkins’ research and training endeavors have been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Education, as well as Lumina Foundation. She also has a certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology. In 2003, she was named a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Watkins has received recognition for excellence in teaching; her scholarship has been widely published in journals and books.