Portrait of David Ulrich

DAVID OLSON ULRICH is a university professor, author, speaker, management coach, and management consultant. He holds the Rensis Likert Chair of Business at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and he is the co-founder of The RBL Group.

Ulrich was born in Ely, Nevada, and grew up in Oregon and Kansas City, Missouri, where he attended high school. Ulrich then attended Brigham Young University, where he completed his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in university studies in five semesters and began graduate school. He received a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from UCLA. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Abertay University in Scotland.

Ulrich’s professional research, writing, and consulting address how organizations add value to customers and investors through leadership, culture, talent, and strategic human resource practices. He has been called “the father of modern Human Resources,” helping organizations transform to better serve employees, customers, and investors. He and his col¬leagues have published more than 30 books and hundreds of research-based articles. He has consulted for more than half of the Fortune 500, working in over 90 countries.

Ulrich has served on the board of directors for Herman Miller for 17 years and on the Board of Trustees of Southern Virginia University for nine years. He is a fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources and is in the Hall of Fame for the “Thinker’s 50.”

Ulrich and his wife Wendy, a psychologist and author, have three children and 10 grandchildren. They reside in Alpine, Utah.

Honorary Doctorate of Letters presents to Gail Miller UVU's 79th Commencement, August 19. 2020

WHEREAS, David 0. Ulrich is a distinguished leader in business and education, known throughout the world as a student and advocate of the improvement of leadership skills; and

WHEREAS, he has made a lifetime study of organizational behavior, gaining degrees from Brigham Young University and UCLA, an honorary degree from Abertay College, a fellowship from the National Academy of Human Resources, and having served on the Board of Trustees of Southern Virginia University; and

WHEREAS, he continues to make education a personal passion, holding the Rensis Likert Chair of Business in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan;

WHEREAS, he has authored or co-authored more than 30 books on the improvement of human resources, on gaining and increasing leadership skills, and on the importance of strategic thinking; and

WHEREAS, he continues to provide his expertise as a consultant to many noted organizations worldwide, including Utah Valley University;

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Board of Trustees of Utah Valley University hereby confers upon David 0. Ulrich the Honorary Doctorate of Letters.

Realized this19th of Augus t, 2020, in Orem, Utah .

Signature of Astrid S. Tuminez, President of Utah Valley University
Signature of R. Duff Thompson, Chair of Board of Trustees Utah Valley University