Letter to the Community


August 18, 2008

Dear UVU Community Member,

As you know, Bill Sederburg's last day as President of UVU was Friday, August 15. I want to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation for his significant contribution of service to the University and to the surrounding community.  It has been a great experience to spend my first year at UVU with Bill learning about the institution and higher education in Utah.

Bill's leadership and vision for this institution will be greatly missed. During his tenure, we were able to build a new library and achieve university status sooner than anyone had expected. While these accomplishments received the majority of public attention, there are many less public accomplishments that deserve recognition. For example, the establishment of the Planning, Budgeting, and Accountability (PBA) process and the Strategic Directions Advisory Council (SDAC) have allowed our campus and community to be more collaborative, transparent, and better stewards of our resources. It is because of improvements like these that we have a clear vision and plan for the future as we move confidently forward into the 2008-2009 academic year.

As the interim president, I promise we won't miss a beat as we search for a new president and strive to become a premier engaged university.  Our engagement focus was established in our new mission statement approved by the Board of Regents in December of 2007 which, in part, reads:

"Utah Valley University is a teaching institution which...prepares professionally competent people of integrity who, as lifelong learners and leaders, serve as stewards of a globally interdependent community."

UVU will stay true to its mission. We will continue to engage our students in the classroom and engage our community through service projects and internships and remain open to other means of collaboration to serve our community's educational needs. We will be especially attentive to promoting economic development in the region. Community engagement and service are what we are about and what we will continue to be about as we move forward.

Additionally, we will continue to grow programs on every level that meet the needs of our community, enhance the academic quality of our current programs, and continue to augment our student services and facilities in order to provide a university-level experience for all of our students. We will continue to make you proud to claim Utah Valley University as your university!

Thank you for your support. I look forward to meeting you and working with you this year in my role as interim president and in the years to come when I return to my role as Vice President for Academic Affairs.


Elizabeth J. Hitch
Interim President
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