Academic Affairs

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Announcement

Dr. Jeffery Olson, from St. John's University has been selected to replace Ian Wilson as UVU's Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2014. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Olson to his new position and the institution.


Letter from the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

Welcome to Utah Valley University. You will find UVU to be an exciting and dynamic educational institution for the students, the faculty, and the staff. For the students who participate in "Communities of Engaged Learners," to the faculty and staff who create those communities... UVU is an exciting place for all!

The best universities set high standards for student learning and development, and then help students reach those standards. Standards for learning and the support for student success are in the hands of our exceptional faculty and staff. UVU faculty engages students in interactive learning situations such as student undergraduate research, internships, case studies, study abroad... and more.

When UVU became a university in 2008, it adopted a set of principles to guide its future programs and activities. These principles are centered in three key concepts: People, Place, and Profession. Utah Valley University affirms that it will:

  • Develop People of Integrity - who have solid grounding in ethics and demonstrate leadership and character
  • Encourage students to be Stewards of Place - with the university providing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to affirm the importance of local, regional, and global stewardship, and in so doing serve the region and bolster its economic development
  • Prepare Professionally Competent Students through an applied curriculum taught by experienced and professional faculty in an academically rigorous environment of scholarship and creative work

These three components combine to produce an atmosphere, not only of learning, but of engaged learning, that connects the classroom with the community and provides students with real-world, hands-on training with community partners. It is our intention that students graduate with a diploma and a resume.


Ian Wilson



Karen Cushing
Administrative Assistant, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs