Before his appointment as President of Utah Valley University, Dr. Holland was an associate professor of political science at Brigham Young University, where he taught courses in political philosophy and American political thought. A popular teacher, his commitment to applied learning concepts led to his selection as BYU’s “Civically Engaged Scholar of the Year” in 2008 by Utah Campus Compact. His scholarly research on how ideals of Christian charity influenced the development of American political life garnered national attention. In 2005, he won Princeton University’s James Madison Fellowship. In 2007, his book, Bonds of Affection: Civic Charity and the Making of America, was published by Georgetown University Press, and selected as an “outstanding academic title” by Choice Magazine.
He graduated from Brigham Young University with honors in 1991, and was valedictorian for the political science department. That same year he was awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship for a year of graduate study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before going on to earn his master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science at Duke University, President Holland 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.
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.
Tyler Brklacich was appointed a Trustee after being elected student body president for the 2014–15 academic year. He endeavors to accurately represent the voice of UVU’s 30,000 students through transparency, student advocacy, collaboration, and inclusivity. Tyler sits on the Foundation Board, Alumni Board, National President’s Advisory Board, and Wolverine Club Board in addition to his duties as a member of the Board of Trustees and President’s Council.
Tyler served as the senator for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences during the 2012–13 academic year and vice president of academic senate during the 2013–14 academic year, overseeing more than 60 department representatives and managing a $130,000 budget for engaging campus speakers, accomplishing senate goals, and marketing. He has extensive professional experience in nonprofit organization management and has worked with local and national organizations such as Global Poverty Project, Hadley Impact Consulting, Child Rescue Association of North America, and Autism Journeys.
He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in international relations with plans to join the Peace Corps and eventually pursue a JD/MBA.
Fidel Montero was appointed President Holland’s chief of staff in July 2014. A first-generation high school graduate and an immigrant to the United States, Montero is simultaneously committed to academic excellence and access. His knowledge of K-16 educational systems and tremendous skills in interpersonal communication, systems analysis, board management, and educational innovation has been a vital asset to the President’s Office.
Prior to joining UVU, Montero served as principal of Alta High School for three years. For the last year he also served as a member of the UVU Board of Trustees. He previously spent eight years in the Provo School District as an assistant principal at Timpview High School and a teacher at Dixon Middle School. Montero is a published author and scholar and continues to lead school improvement efforts through his work as an independent consultant. His areas of emphasis include comprehensive school reform, systems development, and quantitative analysis. He has worked in education settings that include New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and throughout the state of Utah.
Montero received his doctorate and master of education degree from Columbia University and master and bachelor degrees from Brigham Young University.
Marc L. Archambault was named Vice President for Development and Alumni in August 2010. He also serves as Vice Chair and Executive Director of the UVU Foundation Board, and as co-executive publisher of the UVU Magazine.
Previously he was Vice President for College Advancement of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, where during his four year tenure he launched a renewed advancement enterprise and led the College to nearly 40% growth in its annual fund, increased parents giving by nearly 20%, and guided the College to its largest ever gift, largest number of gifts in a single day, and record attendances for the institution's Annenberg lecture series. He was also Chair of the Claremont Colleges Consortial Advancement Committee for 2 years. Before coming to Harvey Mudd College, Archambault was Senior Director of Advancement at Purdue University during its $1.7 billion campaign. Archambault has also been Associate Director for Grants and Contracts at University of Houston, Executive Director of the W. M. Keck Center for Computational Biology, Assistant to the Director of Public Information at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Promotions Manager at University of Chicago Press.
Archambault holds bachelor's degrees in Physics and English from Saint Michael's College and earned a Certificate of Fundraising Management from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Family Services, Inc. of Lafayette, Indiana and is a three-time invited speaker and panelist for Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Corporate and Foundation Relations national conferences.
David has been with UVU since 2008. He is serving as the Faculty Senate President and as the Department Chair in History & Political Science in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences as well as teaches as an Associate Professor. He received his Masters in Public Administration from the Romney Institute of Public Management at BYU and his Doctorate in the same field from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany.
David's background is in organizational behavior and public administration. Many of his years of experience and research have been in the field of non-profit business.
David Jones is an Assistant Attorney General with the State of Utah Office of the Attorney General and has served as the General Counsel for Utah Valley University since 2001, providing legal counsel, advice, and representation to the University concerning all legal issues of higher education, including employment related issues, property and contracts, intellectual property, student and faculty issues, university policies, athletics, civil rights and associated litigation. He is also the Section Chief in the Utah Attorney General Office responsible for the supervision and management of the Education Section attorneys and staff.
Prior to his work with Utah Valley University and the Utah Attorney General’s Office, David worked as corporate counsel for Ford, Bacon & Davis in Salt Lake City, Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc., in Omaha, and BP Alaska in Anchorage.
David received his undergraduate degree in Political Science/Economics at the University of Missouri and his law degree from the University of Tulsa. He is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Utah State Bar.
Linda L. Makin serves as the Vice President for Planning, Budget and Human Resources at Utah Valley University. The division of Planning, Budget and Human Resources includes Planning, Budgets, Institutional Effectiveness,
Institutional Research and Information, Human Resources, and Policy. Linda manages UVU’s Planning,
Budgeting, and Assessment (PBA) process and serves as the university’s chief budget/planning officer and as the university’s policy administrator.
Linda earned a master’s degree in public administration from Brigham Young University in 2007, a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Utah Valley University in 2002, and has over 29 years of higher education experience. Linda has received several awards including CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of the Year 2009 by Utah Business Magazine, 2007 UVU Board of Trustees Excellence Award, Fall 1997 PACE Distinguished Employee Award, and 1998 CCBO Regional Outstanding Business Officer. In 2010, Linda was elected to the Board of Trustees of the
Utah Foundation and serves as a member of the UVU Alumni Board.
Dr. Cameron K. Martin is the Vice President for University Relations at Utah Valley University with responsibility for state and federal legislative affairs, economic development, community engagement, campus events, and public relations and marketing. Dr. Martin rejoined the UVU administrative team in October 2012, after working four years for the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) as the Associate Commissioner for Economic Development and Planning. While at USHE, Dr. Martin had stewardship for economic development, strategic planning, presidential searches and evaluations, policy administration, system student affairs coordination, and special projects, initiatives and events for USHE.
Dr. Martin earned a baccalaureate degree in political science with a minor in gerontology and a master’s degree in public administration from Brigham Young University. He completed his Ph.D. in educational leadership at BYU with a research focus on the role and organizational value of an interim university president.
Dr. Martin and his wife, Julie, are the parents of three daughters and reside in Provo, Utah.
Brett McKeachnie is passionate about UVU and the opportunities it provides, not only for students, but also for employees. Brett is a proud UVU Alumnus, having earned both Associate and Bachelor’s degrees from UVSC. Since 1993, Brett has served the employees of UVU in various Information Technology roles. Over his 20 year UVU tenure, Brett has earned several institutional and PACE awards as a result of his hard work and dedication. Through participation on UVU committees and task forces like Strategic Directions and Core Values, and on the PACE board, Brett has been instrumental in ensuring employees’ issues are kept on the forefront as he has helped to shape UVU’s mission and values. As PACE President, Brett works hard to ensure UVU continues to be a GREAT place to work.
Brett and his wife, Carry are the proud parents of six. Their family serves actively in many roles in their community of Mona and Nephi, Utah. UVU pride runs deep in this family, and the whole family looks forward to graduating from UVU!
Karen Olsen serves the University President as executive secretary and as the secretary to the UVU Board of Trustees. Her responsibilities in the President’s office include including initiating and coordinating correspondence and communication; providing administrative support for executive level university meetings; and coordinating special events and projects. She manages the office budgets; responds to inquiries and comments from internal and external constituents, and acts as liaison for the President’s Office. She also serves as secretary to the UVU Board of Trustees, and is liaison and administrative support for them.
Karen has served 20+ years in administrative support to both the president and vice president for academic affairs at UVU, and received the Executive Division Award of Excellence in 2011. She has an AA degree with emphasis in business education from Snow College. In addition to serving on presidential level councils, she is a member of the Commencement Committee, Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council, and Events Communication Committee, and has served several terms on the staff association board. She also coordinates the university awards of excellence recognition event at UVU. She and her husband, Elden, are the proud parents of four UVU alumni.
Dr. Val L. Peterson is VP of Administration and Legislative Affairs at Utah Valley University. The responsibilities of this position include overseeing a budget of more than 22 million dollars, administrative responsibilities for facilities, grounds, maintenance, human resources, business office, purchasing, bookstore, printing services, police department, parking services and fleet services, information technology, telephone services, and media services. He is also the government relations liaison for the University. In 2009 he was named Chief Financial Officer for Government entities by Utah Business magazine.
Val started at UVU in 1987 and has served in a variety of capacities such as Associate VP for College Relations and VP for College Relations. He has a Ph. D. in Educational Leadership from BYU and holds a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States War College. He has served in the National Guard for the past 26 years and is currently the Brigade Commander of the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade(Linguist).
Originally from Idaho, Val and his wife Ann are the parents of three children. Val is very appreciative of all the support from his wife and children. He also wishes to thank the President’s Cabinet, Associate Vice Presidents and co-workers for our success in building UVU into what it is today and what it will be tomorrow.
Kyle A. Reyes currently serves as special assistant to the president for inclusion, providing leadership and active support to all divisions across campus for implementing initiatives that focus on UVU’s core theme of inclusion. He also teaches multicultural education and inclusive educational leadership within the School of Education. He served as assistant to President Holland from 2009 to 2014.
Prior to his appointment in the President’s Office, Reyes worked at UVU for six years primarily in the development of programs and services for underrepresented students and communities. In 2007, Reyes created UVU’s nationally award-winning Latino Initiative to increase student achievement among the growing Latino community. Reyes has received a number of awards for his work in community outreach, service learning, and inclusive initiatives, including the National Association of Multicultural Education Exemplary Educator for Diversity Award. He has taught communication and educational leadership courses at UVU and the University of Utah. Reyes currently serves on a number of community boards and co-chaired the College Access Network for the Utah System of Higher Education from 2012 to 2014. Reyes’ scholarship focuses on the development of educational spaces for underrepresented student success in K-16 settings.
Reyes received his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the University of Utah and was the recipient of the Elmo R. & Frances Bennion Morgan Fellowship. He earned his bachelor’s degree in graphic design and master’s degree in education leadership from Brigham Young University. Reyes is the adviser for UVU’s Hip Hop Club.
Michelle O. Taylor was appointed as Vice President of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University in June 2013. Her eighteen year career in higher education with her specialty in social work administration and policy has helped the institution navigate several major transitions. Prior to her present appointment she served for three years as Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and six years as Associate Vice President of Student Services/Dean of Enrollment Management.
Following her graduation from the University of Utah with a Masters of Social Work, MSW, in 1995, Taylor worked as the Director of Accessibility Services at Utah Valley State College. At that same institution she accepted the position of Associate Dean of Student Services/American Disability Act Campus Coordinator. After earning her Masters of Public Policy Administration, MPA, and Social Work Administration, Ph. D, in 2002, she became the Acting Vice President of Planning, Information Technology, and Student Services/Acting Dean of Student Services.
Throughout her career, Taylor has initiated a wide range of strategies for the benefit of students and the academy. She has been a trusted friend and advocate of students, focusing on students with diverse backgrounds and learning disabilities. She has co-written and secured grants for a wide range of program initiatives, serves on numerous boards and committees, and presents at multiple national and international conferences annually. She has received many honors including the Outstanding Professional, Adjunct of the Year, and Excellence in Leadership, and the UVU Board of Trustees Award of Excellence.
Jeffery E. Olson was appointed senior vice president for academic affairs in July 2014. He earned a doctorate in administration and policy analysis with a higher education concentration from Stanford University and a juris doctorate from the University of Utah. His cross-disciplinary training makes him a strong proponent of general education and leaves him well-equipped to manage issues across the academic spectrum.
Prior to coming to UVU, Olson worked as the associate provost for academic assessment and the director of the division of library and information science at St. John’s University in New York City. During his 26 years at St. John’s he provided academic leadership for Institutional Planning and Online Learning and Services and served as an associate professor in the Department of Administration and Instructional Leadership.
Before St. John’s, Olson spent seven years as assistant dean and then associate dean of the University of Utah College of Law. With a wide and demanding portfolio, Olson is known as an academic leader with national expertise and a genuine enthusiasm for UVU’s unique educational mission.