publication date: May. 5, 2017

Officials who fired Beckerle out at University of Utah as tables turn

By Matthew Bin Han Ong

Two weeks ago, Vivian Lee and David Pershing attempted to oust Mary Beckerle from her job at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Now, Beckerle is back to being the CEO and director at Huntsman, while Lee is no longer the senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Utah. Lee’s boss, Pershing, too, is stepping down as soon as a new president is recruited.

“Taking account of the events of the last two weeks, I believe the best interests of the university are now served by the decision I am taking today,” Lee wrote in an email April 28. “I know full well that many wonderful friends and colleagues are rightly upset, and that others are at least very puzzled, by recent events. I deeply regret this and give my apologies to all. I am aware, too, that more than a few have felt there should be some sort of reply to the very strong criticisms of leadership and actions, directed especially at me.”

Three days later, on May 1, Pershing said he would be departing as well.

“In December 2016, I told the regents that my intention was to conclude my service as president at the end of the 2018 academic year,” Pershing wrote in an email. “However, given the fact that we are launching a search for a new senior vice president for Health Sciences, I thought it important to begin the search for a new president now—to run simultaneously with our SVP search—so that we have a new president in place when we are making the final decision on a Health … Continue reading Officials who fired Beckerle out at University of Utah as tables turn

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