On June 1, 2009, Dr. Matthew S. Holland was selected from an exceptional pool of candidates and was made Utah Valley University's sixth president. Throughout his career, Dr. Holland has established a reputation as a respected educator, savvy problem-solver and master communicator. Those traits, along with his pedigree of leadership, will serve him well as he leads UVU into the future. He is eager to build on the successes of previous generations and emphasizes the institution's role as a key contributor to the region's academic development and economic growth.
Matthew S. Holland was appointed the sixth president of Utah Valley University in 2009. Under his leadership, UVU completed the transition from a state college to full-fledged university with a record amount of fundraising and enrollment growth. The Orem-based university has managed the unprecedented growth in the development of physical space, the use of technology, and strategic development of academic programming. President Holland has guided the university to a unique institutional mission focused on student success.
Under his presidency, UVU expanded academic offerings to more than 85 certificate programs and associate degrees, over 65 bachelor’s degrees, and three graduate programs.
President Holland earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Brigham Young University. After graduation, he studied in Israel, earning a graduate certificate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for the study of ethical leadership in an international context. He later worked as chief of staff for the top executive of the international consulting firm Monitor Group and as a special assistant to then-Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt. He returned to school and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Duke University.
Prior to his appointment at UVU, President Holland was serving as an associate professor of political science at BYU. He is a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University and the author of numerous books and articles. Despite busy administrative demands at UVU, President Holland has stayed active in his academic discipline, publishing an edited volume on Benjamin Franklin, and giving invited lectures at Stanford, Harvard, Notre Dame, and Oxford. He will lecture at USC in April 2016.
He sits on numerous community boards and has been singled out with a formal recognition for his community leadership in areas ranging from economic development, to Latino education, to addressing autism practically. He received the Boy Scouts of America’s Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
Dr. Holland and his wife, Paige, have four children-- Jacob, Mitzi, Grace, and Dan.