• President Matthew S. Holland

"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


Mission & Initiatives

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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Upcoming & Recent Events




April 30
UCCU Center

Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican Party presidential nominee, former governor of Massachusetts, and chief executive officer of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics, spoke at the University’s 74th annual commencement April 30. UVU also awarded honorary doctoral degrees to Romney and community advocate Pamela J. Atkinson and a posthumous honorary doctoral degree to former Utah Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart.Join other business professionals for this one-day forum featuring multiple workshops with CE credits, three keynote speakers, and engaging opportunities with fellow colleagues and administrators from Utah Valley University.

Governor Romney's Speech (PDF)

April 21

President Holland shared this year's legislative outcomes, university updates and successes, and PBA budget decisions with the campus at his annual Hoagies with Holland.

Hoagies with Holland Video

Hoagies with Holland Slides

April 15

The Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University will host an imposing lineup of distinguished religious studies and constitutional scholars, former U.S. Supreme Court law clerks, multidenominational contributors, and a finale program featuring popular musical performer David Archuleta as part of its dynamic Spring Constitutional Symposium on Religious Freedom. The symposium will begin with the opening keynote address,“The Quest for a Moral Presidency: Jimmy Carter, Progressive Evangelicalism and the Religious Right,” given by one of the most prominent presidential and religious scholars in the nation, Randall Balmer, the chair of the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College.

Press Release

Symposium Site

April 15

Utah Valley University will dedicate Gary Lee Price’s 15-foot prototype of the “Statue of Responsibility” on at noon at the east entrance of the Losee Center. The sculptor was inspired to design the statue after learning of its concept originated by Holocaust survivor and author Viktor Frankl. Price was commissioned in 1997 to design the statue, choosing two hands each gripping the forearm of the other as that symbol.

Press Release

April 1

The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. UVU's inaugural event will be a wonderful showcase of what is happening at UVU and in our community, an opportunity for all to imagine new ideas through a diverse group of presentations, performances, and discussions. There will be multiple sessions throughout the day, visit the homepage for more information about the speakers and schedule and to purchase tickets. 



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.


Presidential Awards of Excellence

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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.