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University of Utah names three finalists to replace controversial health sciences leader who stepped down

Leah Hogsten | Tribune File Photo The University of Utah Hospital, Thursday March 3, 2011.

The University of Utah has narrowed its search for a new senior vice president of health sciences down to three:

(Photo: University of Utah Communications) Derek Angus, the chairman of the department of critical care at the University of Pittsburgh, is a finalist for the position of senior vice president of Health Sciences at the University of Utah.

Derek Angus, chairman of the department of critical care at the University of Pittsburgh.

(Photo: University of Utah Communications) Michael Lowell Goode, dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine, is a finalist for the position of senior vice president of Health Sciences at the University of Utah.

Michael Lowell Goode, dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine.

(Photo: University of Utah Communications) John G. Hunter, executive vice president and CEO of the Oregon Health and Science University Health System, is a finalist for the position of senior vice president of Health Sciences at the University of Utah.

John G. Hunter, executive vice president and CEO of the Oregon Health and Science University Health System.

The search began more than a year ago when Vivian Lee stepped down from the position after the short-lived firing of Mary Beckerle, director and CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, sparking protests from faculty and staff along with criticism from the Jon Huntsman Sr., the institute’s late founder and primary donor.

Beckerle was quickly reinstated by then-U. President David Pershing, who then announced his own retirement. A. Lorris Betz is serving as interim senior vice president of health sciences while the search for a permanent replacement continues.

The new senior vice president for health sciences will also serve as the CEO of University of Utah Health and dean of the medical school. He will report directly to new U. President Ruth Watkins, who succeeded Pershing.

No timeline for a final decision on the health sciences position has been announced.

Editor’s note • Paul Huntsman, owner and publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune, is a son of the late Jon Huntsman Sr.

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