UVU Cuts Ribbon on Thanksgiving Point Campus

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 the nation.

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 giants.

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.