Presidential Search Process

Under state law, the Board of Regents is charged with appointing new presidents for Utah’s public colleges and universities. The search for a new president can take eight to 12 months to complete. The Commissioner of Higher Education will create a comprehensive and active recruiting plan to ensure a strong, diverse pool of potential candidates. The process is as follows:

1. The Board of Regents names a search committee, which is comprised of regents, trustees, and institutional stakeholders including faculty, staff, students, administration, alumni, and community members. The committee is co-chaired by a regent and the chair of the Board of Trustees.

2. The search committee convenes public constituent meetings to gather feedback from the community.

3. The search committee then approves a position announcement and calls for nominations and applications, seeking to recruit qualified applicants nationally and internationally.

4. The search committee screens candidate applications and conducts interviews.

5. The search committee deliberates and forwards a list of three to five recommended finalists to the Board of Regents. Two-thirds of the search committee must be in agreement about forwarding a finalist’s name.

6. The names of finalists are announced publicly.

7. Finalists meet with campus constituent groups, including faculty, staff, students, and trustees in closed meetings. Input from the constituent group meetings is shared with the Board of Regents.

8. The Board of Regents and the chair and vice chair of the Board of Trustees interview the finalists.

9. In a public meeting, the Board of Regents vote and select the new president.


On April 20, 2018, the Utah State Board of Regents announced that Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez is UVU’s next president. President Tuminez will begin at UVU on September 17, 2018.

April 12, 2018:

The Board of Regents announced the finalists for the next president of Utah Valley University. The next step in the process is for the finalists to meet with campus constituent groups. 

March 2, 2018:

The Presidential Search is progressing well under the direction of the Utah State Board of Regents.  The Search Committee is fielding candidates and will do the first round of interviews mid-March.  The Board of Regents expects three-to-five finalists to be announced in April.  Your voice and input are very important in this process, so please share your ideas and recommendations directly with the Board of Regents and the Search Committee online.

December 12, 2017 - February 28, 2018:

The Utah System of Higher Education and the Presidential Search Committee actively advertised the presidential position announcement throughout the nation. The public was invited to submit nominations, provide input, and ask questions online.

December 12, 2017:

After considering feedback gathered at public meetings and online, the presidential search committee finalized and publicly posted the presidential position announcement.

November 28, 2017:

The Presidential Search Committee held two public meetings on the UVU campus to obtain input from members of the Utah Valley University community and the general public regarding the presidential search. Input and questions may still be submitted online.

The draft presidential announcement was publicly posted on this site and on social media for input from the UVU Community and general public.

November 13, 2017:

The Board of Regents announced the Utah Valley University Presidential Search Committee and the details for the two public meetings.

November 6, 2017:

President Matthew S. Holland announced he was called as an LDS mission president, set to leave UVU in June 2018.