UVU’s College of Science appoints 8 new members to advisory board

Leaders in Utah Valley University’s (UVU) College of Science (CoS) announced the appointment of eight new members to its advisory board who will guide the college and its leaders as they prepare students to work in Utah’s burgeoning scientific economy. 

The new advisory board members include Tami Goetz, executive director of Utah STEM Action Center; Kelvyn Cullimore, CEO of BioUtah; Gregory Prince, president of Soft Cell Biological Research; Jackie Larson, CEO of Centro Hispano; Stan Lockhart, principal at The Lockhart Group; Andy Pierucci, manager of State and Local Affairs at Northrop Grumman; Eduardo Baca, consul general of Mexico-Salt Lake City; and Kim Shelley, executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. 

The board members will help college leaders recruit students, secure partnerships to provide students with relevant industry experience, advise on curriculum creation, and position UVU as a scientific accelerator for Utah’s economy. 

“We look forward to working with these exceptional professionals and tapping into their expertise to help our students succeed,” said Daniel Horns, dean of UVU’s College of Science. “We are fortunate to have them. They are successful business owners, employees of multinational scientific companies, or work for government agencies involved in science.” 

Another college goal is to increase the number of science students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and languages to match the employment needs of Utah’s scientific companies as they expand internationally. For this reason, college leaders were pleased when Eduardo Baca, consul general of Mexico-Salt Lake City, and Jackie Larson, CEO of Centro Hispano, agreed to serve on the board. 

“We look forward to working with our board members to cultivate ties to industry and help us promote careers in the sciences to prospective students,” said Horns. “We want our students to have relevant, cutting-edge experience through industry collaboration and are grateful to these individuals as we work together to make this happen.”