• Dr. Olson named interim president


Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez will assume official duties as the seventh president of Utah Valley University on September 17, 2018. Dr. Jeffery E. Olson, senior vice president of Academic Affairs, will serve as interim president from July 1 until Dr. Tuminez arrives on campus in September. Details about President Tuminez and the presidential transition can be found at uvu.edu/presidenttransition.


Mission & Initiatives

UVU is a teaching institution where students learn, do and become. At UVU, the fusion of academic and hands-on learning is referred to as "engaged learning." Along with the institution's long-rooted commitment to serving the needs of the community, UVU's emphasis on engaged learning led to its classification as "community engaged" by the Carnegie Foundation.

Utah Valley University is a teaching institution which provides opportunity, promotes student success, and meets regional educational needs. UVU builds on a foundation of substantive scholarly and creative work to foster engaged learning. The university prepares professionally competent people of integrity who, as lifelong learners and leaders, serve as stewards of a globally interdependent community.

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Olson Portrait


Dr. Jeffery E. Olson joined Utah Valley University on July 1, 2014, as the senior vice president for academic affairs. He obtained his doctorate in administration and policy analysis with a concentration in higher education from Stanford University and a juris doctorate from the University of Utah. He spent 25 years at St. John’s University in New York where he served most recently as the associate provost for academic assessment. Other positions he held at St. John’s were the director of the Division of Library and Information Science, associate professor in the Division of Library and Information Science, and associate professor in the Department of Administration and Instructional Leadership. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the Metropolitan New York Library Resource Council.


Presidential Awards of Excellence

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The University Awards of Excellence program recognizes faculty and staff who dedicate their time and talents to students, scholarship and the advancement of higher education. This year, the UVU Board of Trustees elected to recognize five employees for their contributions to forwarding UVU's mission. The Presidential Awards of Excellence highlight faculty and staff for their efforts in key areas related to UVU's mission and core themes.