Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland is leaving the university after nine years to serve as a mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he announced Monday morning.
He will serve as the university’s president through early June and will become a mission president in July.
Holland will preside over an English-speaking mission in a location that will be announced later this year, according to a press release from the university.
“Serving at UVU during the past nine years has been a signal honor and daily joy,” Holland said in a press release. “The experience of building a thriving university around a community college has been one of the great causes in higher education and I couldn’t be more pleased about the impact this powerful, dual-mission model has had in making a quality, college degree more affordable, accessible and relevant. At the same time, I absolutely cherish my faith and am so honored and grateful for this unexpected privilege to serve in this new ecclesiastical role.”
Matthew Holland, the school’s sixth president, has overseen the university during its recent period of rapid growth, propelling it to be the largest university in Utah. Previously an associate professor of political science at Brigham Young University, he has has also served as a chief of staff for the top executive of Monitor Group and as the special assistant to former Gov. Michael Leavitt. He recently spent his summer as a senior associate at Pembroke College, a part of the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom.
During his time as president, he’s worked with the legislature to secure state funding for a new arts building and has seen the construction of multiple buildings, including the Classroom Building, a student life and wellness center, science building, autism building, library and others. Under his leadership, the university has also added dozens of new certificates and multiple associate’s, master’s and bachelor’s degrees to its offering.
The Utah System of Higher Education Board of Regents will perform a national search for a new president, who will be named by June.
“Matt Holland’s vision for engaged learning and student success has propelled UVU into the national and international spotlight,” Elaine Dalton, chair of the UVU Board of Trustees, said in a press release. “His ability to work with people in a cooperative and synergistic way has garnered immense community support and trust. As a board of trustees, we wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to President Holland for his leadership that has helped all of us see and work for UVU’s true potential.”
Matthew Holland is the son of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the LDS Church.
This story is developing and more will be added as it is made available.