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U. names James Lee Sorenson to board of trustees

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Students walk by the Eccles Business Building on the University of Utah's campus in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. The University of Utah has appointed James Lee Sorenson to its board of trustees. Sorenson will replace Michele Mattsson, the board

Students walk by the Eccles Business Building on the University of Utah’s campus in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. The University of Utah has appointed James Lee Sorenson to its board of trustees. Sorenson will replace Michele Mattsson, the board’s outgoing chairwoman.

Chris Samuels, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah has appointed James Lee Sorenson to its board of trustees. Sorenson will replace Michele Mattsson, the board’s outgoing chairwoman. Earlier this month the board elected H. David Burton as its new chairman.

A globally prominent entrepreneur, Sorenson has built highly successful enterprises in fields ranging from technology and life sciences to real estate and private equity investment, all of which have added thousands of jobs to Utah’s economy.

“As a business leader and innovator, Jim’s influence will be felt across our campus in this role,” U. President David W. Pershing said in a prepared statement. “His legacy as an entrepreneur and a community servant is such a great example to our students. We’re grateful for his eagerness to serve and welcome him to the board.”

“As Utah’s flagship institution of higher learning, this great university has a major impact not only on the city and state I choose to call home, but in the nation and the world,” Sorenson said. “I am honored to serve on the board of trustees for my alma mater, alongside people who have truly devoted their lives to improving their communities and the lives of their fellow human beings.”

Sorenson was nominated by Gov. Gary Herbert and confirmed by the Utah Senate. His term is effective immediately and will expire June 30, 2019.