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The University of Washington has chosen Michael Young, the president of the University of Utah, as the school's new president, TheSeattle Times reported Friday.

The Times cited anonymous sources in confirming the decision by the University of Washington's Board of Regents, which was to announce the decision on Monday.

When informed of the news, Randy Dryer, chairman of the Board of Regents for the University of Utah, said it was the first he had heard of it.

Dryer said the board has known for "weeks and weeks" that Young had applied for the top post at the Seattle university, but had no comment on The Times' report that Young had won the job.

Young became the U.'s 14th president in 2004 at the age of 54, leaving his post as dean of The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. The California native graduated from Brigham Young University and is a descendant of Utah's founder, Brigham Young.