"UVU is hardwired to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles with pluck and ingenuity. It is in our genes. We've been doing it ever since our inception in 1941, and look where we are today."
-President Matthew Holland
UVU is a teaching institution where students learn, do and become. At UVU, the fusion of academic and hands-on learning is referred to as "engaged learning." Along with the institution's long-rooted commitment to serving the needs of the community, UVU's emphasis on engaged learning led to its classification as "community engaged" by the Carnegie Foundation.
Utah Valley University is a teaching institution which provides opportunity, promotes student success, and meets regional educational needs. UVU builds on a foundation of substantive scholarly and creative work to foster engaged learning. The university prepares professionally competent people of integrity who, as lifelong learners and leaders, serve as stewards of a globally interdependent community.
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Matthew S. Holland is the President of Utah Valley University, where he has been serving since June of 2009. Before assuming his current position, President Holland was an associate professor of political science at Brigham Young University, where he taught courses in political philosophy and American political thought. His scholarly research on how ideals of Christian charity influenced the development of American political life garnered national attention. Previously while studying at Brigham Young University, he was awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship in 1991 for a year of graduate study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He served as chief of staff for the top executive of the international consulting firm Monitor Group and, later, as special assistant to then-Governor Michael O. Leavitt before going on to earn his master's degree and Ph.D. in political science at Duke University. He won Princeton University's James Madison Fellowship in 2005 and in 2007, his book, Bonds of Affection: Civic Charity and the Making of America, was published by Georgetown University Press. Currently, he serves on numerous community boards, including the editorial advisory board of the Deseret News and the boards of the Utah Valley and Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Paige, have four children, Jacob, Mitzi, Grace and Dan.
The University Awards of Excellence program recognizes faculty and staff who dedicate their time and talents to students, scholarship and the advancement of higher education. This year, the UVU Board of Trustees elected to recognize five employees for their contributions to forwarding UVU's mission. The Presidential Awards of Excellence highlight faculty and staff for their efforts in key areas related to UVU's mission and core themes.