Executive Assistant to the President
Candice Gardner has served as the Executive Assistant to President Matthew Holland since 2010. Some of her duties include; managing the president’s calendar, research, prioritize, and follow up on incoming issues and concerns, provide a bridge for smooth communication between the president's office and internal departments, review written communication by proofreading and editing, travel arrangements, and manage incoming office calls and visitors.
She began her professional career at what was then Utah Valley Community College as administrative assistant to the Associate Vice President of Facilities and then assistant to the Chief of Police. She watched the institution become a state college before leaving the workforce for over a decade to raise her children. Joining the workforce again in 2006, she worked in the private sector performing in multiple positions simultaneously including mortgage lending, supervision of loan processing, capital funding, trucking manager, account controller, and office manager. Candice then chose to come back to her professional origin and obtained a position at UVU as administrative assistant to former Interim President and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Elizabeth Hitch, until she joined the President’s team.
Candice is currently a student at Brigham Young University in the Marriott School of Business, Romney Institute studying in the Executive Masters of Public Administration program - expected graduation in 2018. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Utah Valley University in 2013. She has an amazingly supportive husband, Bruce, and four beautiful children, McKelle, Kylie, Michael, and Katrina.