News Release

Utah economist Phil Dean joins Gardner Institute as Public Finance Senior Research Fellow

January 11, 2021 (Salt Lake City) – The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute today announced the hiring of former State Budget Director and Chief Economist Phil Dean as a Public Finance Senior Research Fellow. He will be responsible for leading research in public finance and brings 20 years of experience in state government.

“I am thrilled to be joining the team at the Gardner Institute and contribute to its ongoing mission to serve the people of Utah,” said Dean. “Both the Institute and the Eccles School are synonymous with research excellence, and I look forward to serving in this new capacity as we help our great state prosper.”

Dean brings a wealth of experience to the Gardner Institute, having served in numerous roles over years in public service. He most recently served as former Governor Herbert’s Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) after having previously served in the Herbert administration as the State Budget Director