New President

Matthew Holland Named New President of Utah Valley University


Spencer Jenkins, USHE, cell (801) 755‑ 2997 or
Chris Taylor, UVU, (801) 863‑ 8484, cell (801) 472-8588

March 6, 2009

OREM, UTAH ‑  The State Board of Regents, Friday selected Dr. Matthew S. Holland as the 6th president of Utah Valley University (UVU). He is an associate professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. Dr. Holland will assume his duties July 1, 2009. He succeeds President William Sederburg, who was named Commissioner of Higher Education in August 2008. Dr. Elizabeth Hitch has been serving as the interim president.

Dr. Holland's selection comes after an extensive national search which considered 46 applicants representing 21 states. A search committee comprised of 16 individuals representing the Regents, UVU Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and community members selected three finalists who were announced Wednesday, March 4.

"I would like to thank Interim President Hitch for the strong leadership she has provided to Utah Valley University," said Board of Regents Chair Jed Pitcher. "UVU plays an important role as a comprehensive regional university in the state. The institution is critical in training our future workforce and providing educated citizenry to the growing economy in this area of our state. Dr. Holland will enhance the partnerships that exist between UVU and stakeholders in the community. He will ensure that UVU's students receive a quality educational experience at the state's newest regional university."

In accepting this appointment Dr. Holland said, "We are absolutely honored and thrilled by this appointment.  This institution plays a vital role in a community and state we care about deeply.  We look forward to throwing all the energy we have in serving the UVU Community well."

"As former president of UVU I welcome Dr. Holland as the next president of an institution that is personally dear to me," commented Commissioner Sederburg. "I am excited to introduce Dr. Holland to the UVU community."

Dr. Holland has held several leadership positions in higher education. He currently serves as the chairman of the American Heritage Faculty Group at BYU, and was the associate director of BYU's London Study Abroad Program in 2008.  Dr. Holland has taught a variety of courses including American Heritage, Modern Political Philosophy, and Public Ethics. Since 1996, Dr. Holland has worked as a part‑ time independent management consultant. He also worked as a special assistant to Governor Michael O. Leavitt from 1992 to 1994 and as Chief of Staff to the CEO of the Monitor Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1992 to 1994.

Dr. Holland holds doctorate and master degrees in political science from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in political science from BYU. From 2005‑ 2006, he served as a Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, and as the Raoul Wallenberg Scholar at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1991.

Dr. Holland's work has been published in several articles, books, and presentations.  He has also received several professional awards and recognitions.  He and his wife, Paige, are the parents of four children Jake (11), Mitzi (9), Grace (6), and Daniel (3).


About Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University (UVU), located in Orem, Utah, is Utah's newest university, having obtained university status on July 1, 2008. From its start as a small technical college in 1941, UVU has grown to become the second‑ largest public university in Utah with more than 26,000 students.

In addition to 58 bachelor degrees, 60 associate degrees and 21 certificate programs, UVU offers two master degrees in education and nursing. UVU is a teaching institution rooted in engaged, or experiential, learning. That focus and a long‑standing commitment to serving the community were key criteria when UVU was recently awarded the "Community Engagement" classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


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