The David Eccles School of Business, in partnership with the Salt Lake Chamber and the Deseret News, today announced the 2014 Economic Opportunity Forum as part of The Economic Club of Utah. The forum will recognize the significant economic impact in creating new opportunities for first generation college graduates.

The forum will share ideas that expand economic opportunities for our community and our society. This first event will focus on the importance of first generation college students. The forum will be held Nov. 12 at 11:30 a.m. on the seventh floor of the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building.

Paul Edwards, editor of the Deseret News, will introduce a panel discussion surrounding this topic. Taylor Randall, dean of the David Eccles School of Business, will moderate the session. Other members of the panel include the following distinguished guests:

  • David W. Pershing, president of the University of Utah. Named Utah’s 15th president in 2012, Pershing first joined the University of Utah as an assistant professor of chemical engineering in 1977. Pershing continues his commitment to the undergraduate experience with new initiatives and programs aimed at enriching academic excellence on campus.
  • Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University. Crow became the 16th president of Arizona State University in 2002. Crow was previously executive vice provost of Columbia University. There he established what is now Columbia Science and Technology Ventures, as well as advanced interdisciplinary program development.