OREM, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- Monday morning the president of Utah Valley University made an announcement that the university said will “affect a lot of Utahns and UVU”.
The announcement: President Holland has been called to serve as a mission president for the LDS Church.
Matthew S. Holland has been serving as president at the university since 2009. “Under his leadership, he completed the institution’s transition to a full-fledged university now with more than 37,000 students (headcount), making it the largest university in the state,” a press release from the university said.
His mission begins July 2018. He will preside over an English-speaking mission; the location has not yet been announced.
The school says the Board of Regents will commence a national search and intend to name a new president in June 2018.
Governor Herbert said he and his wife consider Matthew Holland and his wife Paige “dear friends”.
Over the last nine years, the Hollands have led Utah Valley University to extraordinary heights. We are grateful for their wholehearted and visionary service in improving higher education here in Utah, and send them our best wishes as they dedicate the next few years of their lives to serving the LDS church.
I look forward to working with the Utah State Board of Regents and the Utah Valley University Board of Trustees to conduct an expedited search for a successor so that new leadership may be in place by summer of 2018.