The Betz Boardroom
By: Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA | Apr 30, 2012 9:47 AM
After over 12 years of service to the University of Utah, in his usual customary, low-key fashion, Lorris Betz is quietly withdrawing from the community and transitioning to his well-deserved retirement. You’ll recall that last year, he agreed to delay his retirement by a year to serve as Interim President, for a second time in the past decade. This truly selfless act enabled our University to continue its strong momentum forward, launching its first year as a Pac-12 university, searching for and selecting a new President, and successfully securing important state funding for infrastructure and other critical needs during this past legislative session. His tenure as interim President was especially beneficial to me personally as it gave me the opportunity to transition into this demanding new role with the valued benefit of his sage advice, available on request.
The University will be honoring Dr. Betz for his work in several ways, including an honorary degree to be conferred at graduation. He has certainly earned all of his accolades.
On our campus, Dr. Betz’s influence will be felt for generations. Under his leadership, our campus was transformed, our programs were energized and directed, and our superb faculty and staff became as collaborative and collegial as ever. This past week, we moved his portrait from the Park Building to the health sciences board room on CNC's 5th floor. I invite you to view the new portrait in what has now been re-named the "A. Lorris Betz Boardroom." Please take a moment to read the plaque that will hang by his portrait in the Betz Boardroom. It’s a humbling reminder of how much impact a single individual can have on an institution through leadership, vision and wisdom.
Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA
Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., is the senior vice president for health sciences, dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Carecomments powered by Disqus