National Presidential Advisory Board

The National Presidential Advisory Board pulls together some of the most well-respected people familiar with Utah, business and education to advise the President in his leadership of Utah Valley University. The National Presidential Advisory Board (NPAB) meets twice a year to discuss strategic directions for UVU in the contexts of the Utah Higher Education System and national higher education trends.

Jack W. Sunderlage

NPAB Chair

President & CEO of Content Watch

Jack W. Sunderlage is the former president and chief executive officer of Content Watch Inc., a provider of internet management software and services. He has held key sales and marketing executive positions with Burroughs, UNISYS, Digital Equipment, Compaq Computer, and Hewlett-Packard. His last assignment was Vice President of Global Accounts, West Region for Compaq, a part of HP. He is the past chair of the World Trade Center Utah and the former chair of UITA, now the Utah Technology Council." In 2006, he was appointed to the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Governing Board for the State of Utah.

Janette Hales. Beckham


Former Young Women's General President of the LDS Church and Utah State Legislator

Janette Callister Hales Beckham tenures as a member of the Utah House of Representatives as well as the 10th general president of the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1992 to 1997. She has been on many civic and educational boards and councils and served as a member of the Board of Trustees for UVU, Brigham Young University and the LDS Church Educational System. She recently received an Honorary Degree of Doctorate of Humane Letters from UVU in April of 2013.

Pamela Atkinson

Community Advocate

Pamela has held a variety of positions in the health-care industry including her last position as vice president, Mission Services-Intermountain Health Care. Now Pamela works directly with homeless and low-income people and collaborates with a variety of nonprofit and governmental organizations. Pamela was appointed to the Utah State Board of Regents for ten years. She has also served on the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah College of Applied Technology Board.

Lane Beattie

Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce

For over 25 years Lane Beattie has been a real estate broker and a developer by profession. He was elected to the Utah State Senate in 1989. He served as Senate majority whip, majority leader, and in 1994 was elected Utah Senate president. He served as president for six years until June 2000. In 1998 President Beattie was elected as Chairman of the National Senate Presidents Forum representing all United States senate presidents. President Beattie assumed leadership of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce on July 1, 2003.

Lynn Blodgett

President & Chief Executive Officer of ACS

Lynn is president and CEO of ACS, A Xerox Company. He has served as the leader of ACS - Affiliated Computer Services - since November 2006. He is also an executive vice president of Xerox Corporation, appointed when Xerox acquired ACS in February 2010. In 2009, he was inducted in the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals' Hall of Fame for his work to transform the industry. In 1985, he and his brother co-founded Unibase, a data entry company acquired by ACS in 1996. Blodgett attended Brigham Young University and the Utah Technical College.

Lew W. Cramer

President & CEO, Coldwell Banker Commercial

Lew Cramer is President & CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial. He served as President and CEO of WTC Utah from 2006 to 2013. He is the former director general of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service and the former assistant secretary of commerce for international trade. He is also a former deputy assistant secretary of commerce for science and electronics. Mr. Cramer holds a Juris Doctor degree from Brigham Young University and is admitted to practice law in California. He is fluent in English and German, and has served as a lecturer as part of the U.S. Information Agency Visitors Program and U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute, as well as several universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Charles W. Dahlquist, II

Trial Attorney, Kirton McConkie

Charles Dahlquist is a trial lawyer and chair of the Healthcare Law Section at the law firm of Kirton McConkie in Salt Lake City. He served as the Young Men General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is an active Rotarian and serves as the president of the Salt Lake Rotary Club from 2004-2005. He is active in Scouting and has served on the National BSA Executive Board. He is the Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany and a founding member and the first president of the Utah Consular Corps. Charles has a B.A. in Broadcast Communications from Brigham Young University and a law degree from the University of Utah.

Amanda Dickson

Co-host, KSL News Radio

Amanda Dickson co-hosts "Utah's Morning News with Grant and Amanda" on KSL News Radio. She also hosts the award winning program "A Woman's View," heard Sunday mornings on KSL. Amanda earned her B.A. in English and her Juris Doctorate at the University of Utah. She has also taught Mass Communication Law at the U and is the author of several books.

Mark A. Dickson

Managing Director, Tyndale Investments, LLC

Mr. Dickson is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He currently practices as a CPA and as an investment advisor. He is the chief financial officer of Vaud Advisors, LLC and the managing director of Tyndale Investments, LLC. For 19 years he managed corporate finance in the U.S. for TAG Group (Holdings) SA, a diversified international company based in Geneva, Switzerland.

LaVell Edwards

Former BYU Football Coach

LaVell Edwards is a former football coach of Brigham Young University (BYU). In 1984, Edwards' BYU Cougars went 13-0 and won the national championship. He is considered the founder of the spread formation passing attack, and one of the most influential and innovative minds in college football history. Edwards played football for Utah State University and earned a master’s degree at the University of Utah prior to coaching at BYU. While working as a head football coach at BYU, Edwards also earned a doctorate.

Keyvan Esfarjani

Co-CEO IM Flash Technologies

Keyvan Esfarjani is Intel Vice President in Technology & Manufacturing Group and Co-CEO of IM Flash Technologies, responsible for co-leading the joint venture between Intel Corporation and Micron Technology, Inc. He has held various leadership roles in engineering, technology development, and manufacturing. Keyvan received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an Executive Management degree from Stanford.

Matthew Eyring

Chief Strategy and Innovations Officer, Vivint

Matthew Eyring is Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at Vivint Inc., the largest home automation company in North America. Before joining Vivint, Matt was the managing partner of Innosight, a global strategy and innovation consulting firm. Matt led worldwide strategy and operations at Innosight, as well as the healthcare and emerging markets practices. Matt currently serves on the board of Virgin Health Miles and is a technical advisor to the US Department of Health and Human Services Innovation Fellows program. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Utah and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Senator Jake Garn

Former Senator

Jake Garn is a graduate of the University of Utah. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. He is a retired Brigadier General in the Utah Air National Guard and has logged more than 12,000 hours of flight time. He flew aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1985. He is a former insurance executive and served as mayor of Salt Lake City prior to his election to the United States Senate in 1974. He served six years as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Senator Garn retired from the Senate in January 1993 and is now a self-employed consultant serving on a number of public and private boards.

Ronald C. Gunnell

Co-Founder, The Paradigm Group

Early in his career Ron co-founded Health Benefits America (ABA) and stayed on until late 1998 as an executive after it was acquired by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) in 1996. In 2000 he co-founded The Paradigm Group, a diversified holding company, dealing with venture capital, commercial real estate and entertainment and retired therefrom in 2012. He has been Assistant to the President of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and sang with the choir for 17 years. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Psychology in 1978.

Reed Halladay

Founding Member, Bell Air Investment Advisors LLC

Prior to starting Bel Air, Reed was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Los Angeles, where he specialized in equity and fixed income portfolio management and was also involved in new business development and single stock risk management. Reed began his investment career in 1976. He received his B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Brigham Young University.

Thone Heppler

New Star Property, LLC

Former Principle and Manager of New Star Property, LLC. Prior to being retired Thone he served as a Zion’s Bank Regional President for Central Utah. He also served as chairman of the Utah Valley State College Foundation Board, and was a board member and chairman of the Commission for Economic Development in Orem. Heppler was former president and director of the Provo-Orem Chamber of Commerce and president of the Utah County Bankers' Association.

Senator Jeffrey M. Jones

President, JMax Asociados SC

Jeffrey became President of JMax Asociados SC in 2011 and has been a venture partner in Alta Growth Capital. Prior to these undertakings he served as Undersecretary for SAGARPA, Mexico’s ministry of Agriculture. Jones is a member of the National Action Party (PAN) of Mexico since 1995. He served in the Lower House of the Federal Congress from 1997-2000. He was elected as a member of the Senate for his state (Chihuahua) in the year 2000. He served as a president of the Border Affairs Commission and was a member of the commissions of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform.

Leslie Dee Mower

Founder of Trivani Online and North Park Fulfillment and Manufacturing

Dee is a passionate advocate for fighting cancer, thus she founded Trivani Online. She has her own manufacturing company to produce health and body care products. Prior to that, she Co-founded Neways International which remained in business for 20 years. She is active in providing humanitarian aid to the world's people and has been actively helping people from Cambodia, Uganda, Kenya, as well as the USA.

Linda Nearon

Professional Artist

Linda grew to have a refined passion for painting from her University of Utah Professor Dibble and continued refining her technique at the University of California at Berkeley. She has also been privileged to learn from artists such as Kathryn Stats, Ted Gershner and Jian Wu. Her piece “Morning Song” has won several awards and Kennedy Publications has selected some of her works to be featured in their printed works.

William Nixon

Chairman, Policy Impact Strategic Communications

William Nixon is chairman and chief executive of Policy Impact Communications Inc., a full-service public and government relations company. A former speechwriter and senior policy advisor for President Ronald Reagan, Nixon served for more than 15 years as a senior staff member on Capitol Hill, the majority of the time with Republican Senator William Roth of Delaware. He also worked for Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, as well as on the professional staffs of the Senate Finance and Government Affairs Committees.

David A. Peterson, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Enderlyn Peterson Associates

Dr. Peterson earned his M.B.A. and J.D. degree from the George Washington University, M.P.A. from Harvard University, Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, and National Security Law certificate from the University of Virginia Law School. He was United States Representative to the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France.

Gregory A. Prince, DDS, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Virion Systems, Inc.

Gregory A. Prince received doctorate degrees (DDS, PhD) at UCLA in 1973 and 1975, and spent his career in biomedical research. As co-founder and CEO of Virion Systems, Inc., he pioneered the prevention of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) disease in high-risk infants. He is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), and has published two books on Mormonism, including "David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism.”

N. Dan Reeve

Managing Director, Warwick Enterprises, LLC

Prior to founding Warwick Enterprises, Dan served as Managing Director of Horsley Bridge Partners in San Francisco, a private equity investment firm. Before HBP, he spent 10 years in Boston as a nationally recognized Technology Analyst at SG Cowen, where he covered the P.C. and software industries. He started his career as a Technology Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. in Kansas City. He graduated in 1975 with an M.B.A. from the University of Missouri and in 1974 with a B.S. degree, from Brigham Young University.

Beth Tolbert

Broker Associate, Toblert, Nielsen & Johnson

Beth Tolbert is broker associate for the Tolbert & Nielsen Realty Group in St. George, Utah. In 1994, she was President of the National Women’s Council of Realtors. She served on the National Association of Realtors Executive Committee and Board of Directors, past chair and vice chair of UVU Board of Trustees, Board of Trustees Leadership Dixie, past chair for the Utah Real Estate Commission. She also served as the president of the Utah County Board of Realtors.

Dave Ulrich

Professor of Business, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

Dave is a university professor, author, speaker, management coach, and management consultant. He is a professor of business at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and co-founder of The RBL Group. He has written numerous books covering topics in human resources and leadership. Dave Ulrich has been ranked the #1 Management Educator & Guru by BusinessWeek, selected by Fast Company as one of the 10 most innovative and creative leaders, and named the most influential person in HR by HR Magazine for three years.

Vicki Varela

Managing Director of Tourism, Film & Global Branding, Utah Office of Tourism

Vicki closed the business she created in 2008, Vicki Varela Strategic Communications to assume the position of Managing Director of Tourism. Previously she was vice president of Kennecott Land, where she launched the Daybreak marketing and West Bench community outreach strategies. She was deputy chief of staff and spokeswoman for Utah Governor Mike Leavitt, and assistant commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education. She started her career in journalism, working for Associated Press in New York City, Denver and Wyoming; and for Deseret News.

Olene Walker

Former Governor of the State of Utah

Olene Walker was Utah's 15th and first female governor and served until January 3, 2005. Walker's political background includes eight years in the state legislature including a term as a majority whip. She founded the Salt Lake Education Foundation and served as its director. She served as director of the Utah Division of Community Development. She has chaired the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, the Utah State Housing Coordinating Committee, the Governor's Commission on Child Care, and the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors.