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University of Utah to inaugurate 17th president, Taylor R. Randall

Live event will be livestreamed for those not able to attend in person.

Campus eagerly awaits the inauguration of the 17th president of the University of Utah, Taylor R. Randall. The hybrid event will be held on Wednesday, March 23, at 4:30 p.m. in Kingsbury Hall on the U campus, 1395 Presidents Circle. The event will be livestreamed and can be viewed at

In his inauguration address Randall plans to layout his vision for making the University of Utah one of the best experiences in the nation for students, faculty, employees and patients. The former dean of the David Eccles School of Business is anticipated to expand upon sentiments he expressed when selected to be the U’s 17th president,

“There are no better opportunities in higher education and health care in this country than what lies in front of the University of Utah,” said Randall. “I am deeply humbled to lead and serve the U and its phenomenal faculty, staff and students as we seek to elevate our stature as a public university and health care system. As a third-generation professor, my commitment to the university runs deep. This campus transformed me as an undergraduate student and gave me a crucial head start in my career and sustained me as a researcher. I hope to replicate this scenario over and over again for future graduates and faculty at the U.”

Members of the U community including students, faculty, staff and alumni interested in attending the event in person may register for a ticket. Registration closes Tuesday, March 22 at 5 p.m., tickets are available for the first 250 registrants. Parking is available at the Stadium lot and shuttles will be running throughout the evening.


Additional events on inauguration day include the following:

Inauguration Blood Drive
Union Saltair Room | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The University Student Union Programming Council is sponsoring this blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross of Utah. Since the pandemic began, the number of blood donors nationwide has dropped 10% and the nation’s blood supply remains in need, according to the Red Cross. Those who are eligible to donate are urged to do so now to help overcome this current shortage. Sign up to donate blood here.

Campus Store Inauguration Day Sale
Campus Store locations | All day
The Campus Store will be offering a storewide 17% discount all day on March 23 in honor of the inauguration of the 17th president of the University of Utah. This will take place across all three locations: Main Campus Store, Campus Store Health and the Sandy Campus Store. The sale is available in-store only. Exclusions to this promo include graduation regalia, textbooks, technology, medical equipment, magnum bikes and Campus Store services.

Inauguration Watch Party
Union Recreation Center | 4:30 p.m.
Stop by to watch the University of Utah Presidential Inauguration. There will be free bowling and billiards, snacks and a prize drawing, which will include an opportunity for you and up to four friends to have breakfast with the president.