Angry Jon Huntsman Sr. calls for ousting of U. president

SALT LAKE CITY — An angry Jon Huntsman Sr. on Friday called for the ousting of University of Utah President David Pershing Friday, saying he “should have been let go a long time ago.”

Hunstman, still seething about the university’s firing earlier this week of Dr. Mary Beckerle, Huntsman Cancer Institute director and CEO, claims the leadership at the school is incompetent and unethical and says the firing was done out of greed.

He called on the “people of Utah” to help remove Pershing from his post. He said he also wants the same for Dr. Vivian Lee, who is CEO of University of Utah Health Care, dean of the U. School of Medicine and senior vice president for health sciences.

Both Pershing and Lee were the ones who sent an email Monday informing faculty and staff that Beckerle’s tenure heading the institute was over. Presumably, they were also the ones who informed Beckerle she was being fired in an email sent to her an hour earlier, according to Huntsman.

“It’s just a pathetic, pathetic situation that needs to be corrected and only the people of Utah … can correct it by (sending) letters, by getting rid of this president and particularly this woman (Lee) who runs the university for him and is completely unethical and untrustworthy,” Huntsman said on KSL Newsradio’s “The Doug Wright Show.”

When asked Friday to respond to Huntsman’s tirade, Pershing sent a prepared statement that did not address the call for his dismissal.

“We are so grateful for everything the Huntsman family has done to help the university. We sincerely want to continue to work with them to further Jon’s wonderful vision,” Pershing said. “The Huntsman Cancer Institute is one of the crown jewels of the University of Utah and I am committed to ensuring its continued success.”

Lee could not immediately …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News

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