On May 21, 2014, during Extraordinary Session #6, the Senate confirmed Governor Herbert's appointment of Ivy Estabrooke as the new executive director of the Utah Science, Technology, and Research Initiative (USTAR). As a new executive director begins operations and recently passed legislation takes effect at USTAR, a new era of governance and transparency of USTAR operations begins as well. For an introduction to Ms. Estabrooke, please reference the Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Confirmation Committee hearing on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the following link: USTAR Executive Director.
The practice of Senate confirmation for executive director of USTAR is a new provision in statute, authorized in S.B. 62, Utah Science Technology and Research Governing Authority Amendments, 2014 General Session. Key provisions of S.B. 62 are included below: