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Welcoming the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dean’s Message, October 2018

In July we welcomed Dan Reed, Ph.D. to the post of Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs (SVPAA) at the University of Utah. When I met with Dr. Reed for the first time, I was delighted to learn about his deep appreciation for libraries – both academic and public. He shared with me his childhood memories of trips to the library in the small Arkansas town where he grew up, where he would check out “as many books as his young arms could hold.”

In this blog post, Reed explains: “Books have always been my friends. From my earliest days, my parents read to me, as I nestled in their laps. Then, when I could read myself, they took me to the local library. In our case, it was a humble, small town, Arkansas library with just a few thousand books. Nevertheless, for me, it was a magical place, filled with extraordinary things.”

From print books to e-journals to 3D printers to virtual reality, the Marriott Library too is filled with extraordinary things, some might even describe it as a magical place with All U Need.

A photo taken during the opening game against Weber State University on August 30th. The 50th anniversary of the library was featured alongside 125 seasons of Utah Football.

More info about the opening game here.

More about Dan Reed, Ph.D.

Dr. Reed brings with him a varied and robust career both in academia and in the corporate sector. Prior to his arrival at the U, Dr. Reed held the computational science and bioinformatics chair at University of Iowa and was a professor of computer science, electrical and computer engineering and medicine; from 2012 through 2017, he served as Iowa’s vice president for research and economic development. He has also served as a vice president at Microsoft. He was the founding director of the Renaissance Computing Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as the director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois. Learn more about Dr. Reed here.

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