UofU President Watkins Visits USU, Touts Collaborations
Herald Journal Thursday, Jun. 07, 2018
Students might not care for getting up early, but when you’re a university president, it comes with the territory.That was certainly true on Thursday for University of Utah President Ruth Watkins, who visited Utah State University as part of her “Ruth 66 University for Utah Tour.” Watkins, along with a group of UofU officials, met with USU President Noelle Cockett and officials from her school to share ideas. ... “Certainly Utah State, as our research university partner, is a very valued colleague in the effort to raise higher education in the state and also to generate and disseminate knowledge,” Watkins said. She believes the partnership between the two schools is good for the state and “raises us all.” ... Another way the UofU and USU can work together is securing funding, Watkins said. ... Neil Abercrombie, vice president of government relations at USU, attended the meeting with Watkins on Thursday and was impressed. ... “I think over the next few years we will … collaborate in areas that will improve student wellness, enhance critical research, and lead economic development opportunities for the state of Utah.” ... The purpose of Watkin’s trip was twofold, she said. One was for UofU officials to talk to higher education colleagues so they can find “what we can do together.” Another goal of the trip was to visit some of the major employers of the region who have hired UofU graduates and get some feedback from them.