U of U Reportedly Picks Interim President

U of U Reportedly Picks Interim President

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A. Lorris Betz, dean of the University of Utah College of Medicine and senior vice president for health sciences, reportedly has been picked to be the university's interim president.

The report by The Salt Lake Tribune cited sources it did not identify but whom it said were involved in the decision-making process.

Betz would be handling the duties of former President Bernie Machen, who is leaving to become president of the University of Florida in Gainesville.

The appointment of Betz to the temporary job would precludes him from becoming a candidate for the permanent position, according to state Board of Regents policies,

Betz declined comment. Regents Chairman Nolan Karras also declined comment, other than to say an announcement would be made at 9 a.m. Monday.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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