The University of Utah is reportedly eliminating The VP Technology Venture Development position that was dedicated to commercializing the school’s ideas and research. Jack Brittain will return from sabbatical as a professor. Now, technology commercialization faculty and staff will report to Thomas Parks, VP Research.
University spokesperson Keith Sterling stated more emphasis will be placed on giving a voice to the business community, and the school will also create a seven-member internal steering committee that includes faculty members from business, medicine and engineering. "They want to have many voices at the table," Sterling said.