Ruth Watkins

Ruth Watkins

President, Strada Impact

Strada Education Network

Ruth Watkins became President of Strada Impact in April 2021 to apply her innovative approach to increasing postsecondary education’s effectiveness by better connecting completion and employment. In leading Strada’s strategic integration of research, philanthropy, thought leadership, and policy, Watkins drives Strada’s systems change efforts so that more individuals – particularly those who have faced systemic barriers - can successfully access and complete postsecondary education and training to improve their careers and lives. Before joining Strada, Watkins built a strong reputation for supporting social change and community workforce needs as the president of the University of Utah, where she increased degree completion rates and research funding, established innovative student funding models, and built strong partnerships with community stakeholders. Uniting the campus as "One U," Watkins’ leadership drove innovation in research, education, and operational efficiency, and addressed grand societal challenges such as mental health and interpersonal violence. Watkins previously served as the University of Utah’s senior vice president for academic affairs for five years before being appointed president. She came to Utah in 2013 from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where she served in many leadership and faculty roles. She is a visible and influential leader in a wide range of national contexts.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

3:50 pm
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4:30 pm

On Razor’s Edge: Higher Education Trends and Themes

Panel
Harbor A, Level 2

The Future of Alternative, Outcome-Aligned Student Financing

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

10:10 am
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10:50 am

Proximity, Parent Power, And Learner Voice

Panel
Harbor F, Level 2

Preparing Americans for Resilient Careers: Successful Collaborations in Industry-led Credentials

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