Just across the street from the FrontRunner railway stop at Thanksgiving Point, Utah
Valley University cut the ribbon on its newest satellite campus. The March 2 event
celebrated the opening of a newly renovated facility. A master of business administration
and a master of education program already are offered at the site. A new master of
cybersecurity program will be added there in fall 2017.
Leading up to the ribbon-cutting event, UVU President Matthew S. Holland and members
of his leadership council rode the UTA FrontRunner from Orem to Thanksgiving Point.
The ride demonstrated how the new Thanksgiving Point campus is connected to the main
campus in Orem by the commuter rail. “We are big believers in mass transit. It’s the
future of this Valley, it’s the future of UVU, and it’s the way we need to live together
and work together to help preserve the quality of our environment and the way we interact
with each other,” said President Holland.
The Thanksgiving Point campus offers five classrooms, 10 offices, and student study
areas. It is just the tip of the iceberg of UVU’s planned expansion into the area.
UVU already owns ten acres at Thanksgiving Point where it plans to build in the future.
The UVU property is adjacent to Mountain Applied Technology College. Holland introduced
MATC President Clayton M. Christensen to guests at the event and expressed his desire
for a thriving partnership between the two schools.
UVU is still in its infancy and bursting with entrepreneurial spirit, said Holland.
He challenged the business and technology leaders of Silicon Slopes to step forward
and partner with UVU. “Thanksgiving Point is a kind of epicenter of entrepreneurialism
in the state, and we want to be part of it,” he said. These partnerships can help
the University realize its goal of becoming the best provider of student success in
Lehi Mayor Bert Wilson told guests, “I’m so excited to have a UVU campus right here
in Lehi. It’s going to be such an asset to our community.” He thanked President Holland
and his team for having the foresight to plan the satellite campus among Lehi’s technology
Unable to attend the ribbon-cutting in person, Utah Representative Cory Maloy sent
a message congratulating UVU on its expansion and thanking the University for providing
more access to the region’s students.