In the latest episode of the Salt Lake Chamber podcast “CEO Success Stories,” Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, sits down with University of Utah President Ruth Watkins, to hear about her leadership philosophy, best practices, the American Dream Ideas Challenge, as well as what to expect at the U this upcoming year.

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As the 16th president of the University of Utah, Watkins is focused on ensuring the U builds on its legacy of innovation, discovery and delivering outstanding value in higher education and health care. For students, this means an excellent and affordable educational experience culminating in timely degree completion. For patients, it means innovative, compassionate and affordable care. To enable the University to continue to excel in research, teaching and patient care, she is committed to providing faculty and staff with unwavering support and resources.