Spotlights

  • James S. JardineJames S. Jardine

    Mr. Jardine was named Outstanding Lawyer of the Year by the Utah Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for 2006. He was selected by the Utah Bar Commission as the recipient of the Bar's Distinguished Lawyer of the Year award for 2005. Mr. Jardine is recognized in Chambers USA in Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1). For nearly twenty years Mr. Jardine has been included on the list of The Best Lawyers in America in Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation, and Bet-the-Company Litigation.

  • Harris SimmonsHarris Simmons

    Harris H. Simmons is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Zions Bancorporation, a $56 billion (assets) bank holding company that operates approximately 500 full-service banking offices throughout the western United States.

  • L.E. SimmonsL.E. Simmons

    L.E. Simmons, President of SCF Partners, founded the firm in 1989. He is responsible for guidance over the firm’s investment program and strategy. L.E. began his focus on finance at the University of Utah, where he studied Economics and at the London School of Economics. He subsequently earned an MBA from Harvard University. L.E. helped launch the Corporate Finance Department at The First National Bank of Chicago before moving to Texas in 1974 to be co-founder of Simmons & Company International, an investment banking firm specializing in oilfield service companies.

  • Rep. Jennifer SeeligRep. Jennifer Seelig

    Jennifer Maurine Seelig has been involved in politics and public service for more than decade at a policy-making and leadership level. She was a policy and research analyst for the Salt Lake City Council between 1995 and 2000, handling such sensitive and critical issues relating to crime control, budget compliance within the administrative office, community relations, and public meetings involving the City Council.

  • Barbara VanceBarbara Vance

    Barbara Vance earned a bachelor's in family and consumer studies from the University of Utah in 1956. She received a master's in human development from Brigham Young University in 1959 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in counseling from Stanford University.

  • Raymond UnoRaymond Uno

    Raymond Uno earned four degrees from the University of Utah – a bachelor's in political science in 1955; a bachelor's of laws in '58; a master's of social work in '63; and a juris doctorate in '67. Raymond, a Japanese-American, was incarcerated with his family for three years during World War II at the Heart Mountain Wyoming Concentration Camp. Incredibly, he volunteered for military service a few years later and became a special agent in the 441st Counterintelligence Corps and was honorably discharged as a Korean War Veteran.

  • Joan Wasson SmithJoan Wasson Smith

    Joan Wasson Smith has worked for peace and justice, and against bias, bigotry, and racism in Utah. She received a B.A. in sociology with a concentration in political science from The University of Utah and a M.S.W. and D.S.W. from The University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work. Professionally, she worked in private practice as a licensed psychotherapist until she accepted the position of Executive Director of the National Conference for Community and Justice, Utah Region, from which she recently retired.

  • Shauna Graves-RobertsonShauna Graves-Robertson

    Shauna Graves-Robertson has served as a Salt Lake County Justice Court Judge since 1999. She received her Law Degree and Masters of Public Administration from the University of Utah. Prior to her appointment to the bench she worked as an attorney for the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association. She started her career with the Division of Youth Corrections in 1980. In 1984 she was appointed by Governor Scott M. Matheson to head the Office of Black Affairs.

  • Parry Mead MurrayParry Mead Murray

    Parry Mead Murray graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah in 1977, earning bachelor's degrees in Anthropology and Psychology. Additionally, Parry took undergraduate and graduate courses in Folklore and Media Communications with an emphasis on Documentary Photography. In 2001, she completed a master's in Museum Studies at San Francisco State University.

  • Leonidas Ralph MechamLeonidas Ralph Mecham

    Leonidas Ralph Mecham is devoted to serving his family, country, church, and the University of Utah. He is Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts where he has served for the past 19 years and is a member, along with seven leading federal judges, of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the U.S.

  • Don LewonDon Lewon

    Don Lewon has been an exemplary leader in and supporter of the University, the College, and the community. He received a B.S. in Geography from The University of Utah. He is President of Utah Metal Works and has served as president of his industry's national council. Among his civic contributions are his longterm participation on the board of trustees for Wasatch Academy, also his alma mater, and his support of the Ronald McDonald House and the United Way. He has served many terms on the vestry of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral. In 2002 he was named "Father of the Year" by the Utah Diabetes Association.

  • Len JordanLen Jordan

    Len Jordan is a Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group. He joined the firm in January 2010 and currently serves on the boards of Bizible, Cedexis, iSpot.tv, and MaxPoint. Len has served on the boards of twelve early-stage companies and on behalf of Frazier Technology Ventures currently serves on the board of Control4 (CTRL - Nasdaq).

  • Judge Bruce S. JenkinsJudge Bruce S. Jenkins

    Judge Bruce S. Jenkins graduated magna cum laude in political science from the University of Utah in 1949, and went on to earn a juris doctor from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1952 where he wrote for the Utah Law Review. Bruce is a United States Senior District Judge. In 1978, he was nominated as a U.S. District Judge by President Jimmy Carter and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He became Chief Judge in 1984 and stepped aside on May 28, 1993. Under Bruce's leadership the court automated and computerized administrative, record-keeping and research functions, reorganized the clerk's office and probation department and remodeled the federal courthouse.

  • Clark D. IvoryClark D. Ivory

    Clark D. Ivory earned a bachelor's in political science from the University of Utah in 1988, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. His academic pursuits continued at Harvard, where he earned an MBA in 1992. Clark began working for his father, Ellis Ivory, at Ivory Homes in 1987. In 1992, he became area manager over Salt Lake and Utah counties. Over the years, Clark's responsibilities expanded, and in January 2000, he was named Chief Executive Officer. Under Clark's leadership the company has increased emphasis on building master-planned communities with substantial amenities such as parks, recreational facilities, and open space. The company has also expanded product offerings to include townhomes, condominiums, and luxury custom homes.

  • Vico HenriquesVico E. Henriques

    Vico E. Henriques earned a bachelor's in political science from the University of Utah in 1956 and went on to do graduate studies in public administration and mathematics. Vico's studies at the U were interrupted from 1950 to 1954 when he served in the U.S. Army where he was decorated and earned a battlefield commission during the Korean War.

  • Natalie GochnourNatalie Gochnour

    Natalie Gochnour earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in economics in 1984 and1988 from the University of Utah. Natalie has been an adjunct professor for CSBS for the past decade, and was recently appointed to associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business. She is tasked with planning and implementing a new public policy initiative focusing on serving Utah businesses and community leaders. She also serves as the chief economist and senior advisor to the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.

  • Robert C. GayRobert C. Gay

    Bob Gay earned a bachelor's in economics from the University of Utah in 1976. In 1982, Gay graduated from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in business economics and then taught economics at Harvard for two years as a research fellow. In 1986, Gay went to work in private equity business working at GE Capital and then for the leveraged buyout group at Kidder Peabody. From 1989 - 2004, he served as a managing director of Bain Capital, one of the world's leading private equity firms. At Bain Capital, Gay was head of the industrial products group and led the firm's expansion into Europe.

  • Kem C. GardnerKem C. Gardner

    Kem C. Gardner earned a bachelor's in political science from the University of Utah in 1967 and a juris doctor from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1970. Kem currently serves as chairman of The Gardner Company, a private commercial real estate company. He has worked for 38 years in real estate development, including many years as president of The Boyer Company. Kem has developed over 2500 residential lots and more than 28 million square feet of corporate office, medical buildings, retail shopping centers, life-style centers, hotels and industrial/manufacturing facilities.

  • Dan EnglandDan England

    Dan England earned a bachelor's in political science in 1971 and a juris doctorate in 1974 from the University of Utah. While attending Utah he was a member of Beta Epsilon chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity. In 1974 Dan began a private law practice specializing in insurance litigation and transportation. In 1977 he joined C.R. England— a family owned trucking firm — as in-house legal counsel. Dan became general manager in 1982 and was promoted to chief executive officer in 1988. In 2005, he was elected chairman of the board.

  • Edward R. ChristensenEdward R. Christensen

    Edward R. Christensen has achieved wide intellectual accomplishments in a variety of academic and professional fields and is devoted to civic and social service. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1948 with a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Chemistry in 1949. During his career as a research chemist with Texaco, Inc., Mr. Christensen earned an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Union College.

  • Anthon S. Cannon, Jr.Anthon S. Cannon, Jr.

    Tony Cannon, a senior partner in the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, an international law firm with 800 lawyers and 22 offices in the United States and abroad, has maintained strong ties with the University of Utah despite living and working in Los Angeles for the past 28 years. Tony "grew up" on the University of Utah campus where his father was a professor and his mother was president of the University Women's Club. Tony received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Utah in 1962, a J.D. degree from Harvard University , and an LLM (Taxation) degree in law from New York University . Tony specializes in business law with particular expertise in tax planning and litigation for international and domestic clients .

  • Bob BennettBob Bennett

    U.S. Senator Robert F. Bennett earned the respect of his colleagues and the reputation as a lawmaker who offered creative and common-sense solutions to issues important to both Utahns and the nation. As a member of the Republican leadership team, Bennett served as counsel to Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, advising him on legislative strategy and policy priorities.

  • Irwin AltmanIrwin Altman

    Irwin Altman earned a bachelor's from New York University in 1951. He continued to pursue his studies in psychology at the University of Maryland, where he earned a master's and a Ph.D. in 1957. Irv came to the University of Utah in 1969 as a professor of psychology and a professor of family and consumer studies. He was recognized for contributions as a teacher and a researcher when he was awarded the U's highest faculty honor, the Rosenblatt Prize, in 1988. Irv's administrative service at the U included chairperson for the Department of Psychology, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science, and vice president for academic affairs.

  • Image of Steve AlderSteve Alder

    Stephen C. Alder, Ph.D., is a two time graduate of the College of Social and Behavior Sciences at the University of Utah through the Department of Family and Consumer Studies. He received a Bachelor of Science in Environment and Behavior ('92) and a Master of Science in Family Ecology ('96). He also received a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Promotion and Education with an emphasis in community health from the University of Utah.

  • Image of Afesa AdamsAfesa Adams

    Afesa Adams received a B.A. in Psychology from Weber State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of Utah. She has held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Florida, The University of Utah, and the University of North Florida. Currently she is Senior Research Associate for the Florida Institute of Education and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of North Florida.