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Speeches and Events




Upcoming Events


Martin Baron Spring Presidential Lecture


Join us as we welcome Martin Baron to Utah Valley University as our guest presidential lecturer.

March 26, 2024

11:30 a.m. 

Vallejo Auditorium, Keller Building

Coming Soon: Link to the Livestream

Martin (Marty) Baron retired at the end of February 2021, after eight-plus years as executive editor of The Washington Post. News staffs under his leadership have won 18 Pulitzer Prizes. The Post won 11 Pulitzers for coverage during his tenure that included the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 and investigations of the National Security Agency and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. While he was top editor of The Boston Globe, it won six Pulitzer Prizes, including for its investigation into the Catholic Church’s concealment of clergy sex abuse. That coverage was portrayed in the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight.”

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Presidential Lecture Series

Darryl Jones

Darryl Jones, legendary bassist for The Rolling Stones since 1993. November 15th @ 6pm. Documentary screening "Darryl Jones: In the Blood" with directory Eric Hamburg in The Noorda. November 16th @ 11:30am Lecture in KB Vallejo Auditorium.

Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson: bestselling author on organizational growth and leadership development. Tuesday, February 16, 2023 @ 11:30am. Utah Valley University Presidential Lecture Series.

Elazer Edelman

Elazer Edelman, MD, PHD. Thursday, November 17 , 2022 @ 11:30am - 12:30pm in SB134, doTERRA Auditroium. Utah Valley University Presidential Lecture Series.

Past Presidential Lecture Guests


Darryl Jones

Darryl Jones

Join us for the fall 2023 Presidential Lecture on November 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the Keller Building Vallejo Auditorium to hear from legendary bassist Darryl Jones. An experienced performer who has played alongside the great Miles Davis and other famous acts, including Sting, Herbie Hancock, Peter Gabriel, and more, Jones is most known for touring and recording with The Rolling Stones since 1993.

In 2017, Jones was selected to participate in the Sundance Institute’s famed Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Ranch. In addition to touring, teaching, and recording, Jones continues to write music, including a score for an award-winning film.

Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson

JJoin us on February 16, 2023, at 11:30 a.m., in the Keller Building (KB) Vallejo Auditorium, to hear from our spring Presidential Lecture Series speaker: bestselling author on growth and improvement, Whitney Johnson.

Whitney Johnson is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling author on the topics of growth and momentum for individuals and teams. She was named by Thinkers50 as one of the 10 leading business thinkers in the world (2021), and she was selected as a Top Voice on LinkedIn (2020).

The Utah Valley University Presidential Lecture Series invites esteemed experts from around the world to share their insights, experiences, and advice with UVU students, faculty, staff, and community members. Hosted by the Office of the President, this event takes place during both the fall and spring semesters.


Elazer Eldelman

Elazer Eldelman

Engineering, Science, and Medicine: Partners in Translation:

Utah Valley University’s Presidential Lecture Series invites esteemed experts from around the world to share their insights, experiences, and advice with UVU students, faculty, staff, and community members. Hosted by the Office of the President, this prestigious event takes place during both fall and spring semesters.

Join us on November 17, 2022, to hear from revolutionary cardiologist and bioelectrical engineer Dr. Elazer Edelman in the fall installment of Utah Valley University’s Presidential Lecture Series. He will discuss the importance and challenges in leveraging fluency in medicine and engineering, physiology and basic science to create novel interventions to improving the human conditions.


Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo

Dr. Dambisa Moyo is a preeminent thinker who influences key decision-makers in strategic investment and public policy. She is a top-tier opinion-former and trusted advisor on macroeconomics, geopolitics, and technology themes. She serves on a number of global corporate boards, including 3M Corporation, Chevron, Condé Nast, and the University of Oxford’s Endowment Investment Committee. She worked at the World Bank and Goldman Sachs for nearly a decade. She is the author of four New York Times bestselling books. Her most recent book is How Boards Work: And How They Can Work Better in a Chaotic World (2021). Dr. Moyo holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oxford and a master's degree from Harvard University. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

Graham T. Allison

Whitney Johnson

Graham Allison is a leading analyst of national security with special interests in nuclear weapons, Russia, China, and decision-making. Allison was the “founding dean” of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and until 2017, served as director of its Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, which is ranked the No. 1 university-affiliated think tank in the world. As assistant secretary of defense under President Clinton and special advisor to the secretary of defense under President Reagan, he has been a member of the secretary of defense’s advisory board for every secretary from Weinberger to Mattis. He has the sole distinction of having twice been awarded the Distinguished Public Service Medal, first by Secretary Cap Weinberger and second by Secretary Bill Perry. He has served on the advisory boards of the secretary of state, secretary of defense, and the director of the CIA. Dr. Allison’s latest book, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? (2017), is a national and international bestseller. 

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Tara Westover

Tara Westover

Tara Westover is an American author. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she never attended school. An older brother taught her to read, and after that her education was erratic and haphazard, with most of her days spent working in her father’s junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother. She was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom.

Greg Miller

Greg Miller

The lecture series, sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of Engaged Learning, is an initiative to help enhance the academic exchange on campus. This event brings in some of the nation’s very best scholars and experts to speak to UVU faculty, staff, and students. Two lectures are presented each school year, typically in the Clarke Building.


Kim Scott

Kim Scott

Kim Scott is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity. Kim led AdSense, YouTube, and DoubleClick online sales and operations at Google, and then joined Apple to develop and teach a leadership seminar. Kim has been a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other tech companies.

Terry Crews

Terry Crews

Terry Crews rose to fame from an impoverished childhood in Flint, Michigan. His titles include former NFL player, best-selling author, artist, and actor. He built a career with memorable roles in action movies (“The Expendables”) and TV (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), and as a game-show host (“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”). Crews speaks passionately for women’s rights, and human rights, and against sexism.

Other Presidential Events

Awards of Excellence

Scholarship Ball

Utah Valley University President's Scholarship Ball