OREM, Utah (ABC4 News)- Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez is the newest president of Utah Valley University. She is the seventh president of the school and the first woman to hold that position. Tuminez brings to UVU a deep background in academics, philanthropy, technology, and business.
The New President of UVU joined ABC4 Midday, to discuss her new position and what she hopes to do not just for the school but the entire state of Utah.
Born in a farming village in the Philippine province of Iloilo, she moved with her family to the slums of Iloilo City when she was two years old. The move was her parent’s opportunity to find a better education for their children.
Dr. Tuminez’s search for education brought her to the United States. She graduated from Brigham Young University summa cum laude in 1986. She then earned a master’s degree from Harvard University in Soviet Studies and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in political science.
Before joining UVU, President Tuminez was a world leader in the fields of technology and political science, most recently serving as an executive at Microsoft, where she led corporate, external and legal affairs in Southeast Asia