Sam Rushforth is dean emeritus of the College of Science & Health at Utah Valley University. A renowned expert in aquatic botany and wetland ecology, Rushforth has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and books, including Van De Graaff’s Photographic Atlas for the Botany Laboratory. Prior to coming to UVU, Rushforth spent three decades as a faculty member at Brigham Young University. He has mentored more than three dozen graduate students who now work all over the world in various capacities.
During his 14 years at UVU, Rushforth saw the college grow exponentially: he hired more than 50 faculty and staff members, expanded the degree offerings and established the Master of Science in Nursing degree, one of the University’s three master degrees. In 2012, he and the college celebrated the opening of the new state-of-the-art 160,000 square foot science building.
Sam lives in Orem, UT with his wife.