Greetings, Wolverines!

President Astrid S. Tuminez

As I begin my presidency at Utah Valley University, I have been thinking about three different words: you, me, and us. First, I want to say thank you to the amazing students, faculty, staff, and community at UVU. I am grateful for your service and your willingness to bring your energy, creativity, and life experience to UVU.

As for the second word, me: Things have been a whirlwind for me over the last six months, but I wouldn't change it for the world. While finishing my time at Microsoft and saying farewell to friends and colleagues in Asia, I have spent each night learning about UVU and communicating with the team. During the application process, it occurred to me that UVU is a dynamic place where I could utilize my competencies and skills, my passion for education and the student experience, and my fundamental love and respect for professors and what they do. There are many challenges ahead, but I am extremely excited to start this new chapter at UVU. 

The third — and most important — word is us. The reason I am so excited is that you and I can only go so far individually, but together we can do amazing things. The stories in this issue of UVU Magazine show what can be accomplished when students and educators come together. From business to medicine, to public service and the arts, we can all achieve our dreams through the power of education. 

Thank you again for everything you do. I am excited for what we will create together. 

With admiration,

Astrid S. Tuminez