Ruchi M. Watson

Managing Director, Goff Strategic Leadership Center; Professor (Lecturer)

Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Goff Strategic Leadership Center

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Ruchi M. Watson, MBA, Ed.D. serves as Managing Director of the Goff Strategic Leadership Center (Goff SLC) and as a professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

Prior to working at Goff SLC, she spent nearly eight years as part of the Dean’s Team at the Eccles School, most recently as Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives.

She also serves as the co-chair for the university’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and a member of the Board of Directors for the Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN). Prior to working at the U, Watson spent 10 years in the corporate sector at Fortune 500 companies.

During her time at Eccles, she has led many strategic initiatives, including directing the Hope Corps, and built out both the Marketing + Communications and Data Analytics teams in the school.

Watson graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She holds a doctoral degree in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania, defending with distinction.