Wilson to Assume VP Role Permanently
October 19, 2010
For Immediate Release
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Written by: Chris Taylor (801) 863-8484
Utah Valley University President Matthew S. Holland announced today that interim vice president for academic affairs Ian Wilson will assume the position of vice president for academic affairs on a permanent basis effective immediately.
Wilson was named interim vice president in June following the departure of Elizabeth Hitch, associate commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).
“Dr. Wilson is a highly respected leader across the institution with a proven track-record of executive success in a variety of capacities across multiple divisions on campus,” Holland said. “His breadth of credentials, reputation with both the faculty and staff, and smooth transition into service as interim vice president — combined with the need for certainty and stability moving forward in this key position — made this decision, frankly, an easy one. The tough part was talking him out of a few more years back in the classroom, which he had been anticipating. I’m pleased to have Ian on board as a more permanent fixture in the administration.”
During his UVU career, more than two decades long, Wilson has amassed a wealth of UVU leadership experience. He served as dean of the Woodbury School of Business from 1989 to 2001 and then again as interim dean from 2008-2010. He also worked as associate vice president of institutional advancement from 2001-2002 before being named vice president of institutional advancement and marketing at UVU, a capacity he served in from 2002-2006.
Prior to coming to UVU in 1989 as dean of the business school, Wilson worked as chair of the Department of Business Administration at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to that, he worked as program coordinator of human resource management at the same institution.
Wilson also has an extensive pedigree as a business faculty member, having taught human resource management, business statistics, business ethics, organizational behavior, principles of management, and compensation and benefits administration. Wilson had planned to return to the classroom following his second stint as business school dean, before being pegged by President Holland as interim vice president of academic affairs.
“I appreciate President Holland’s confidence in me,” Wilson said. “I have enjoyed playing an active role in the development of the institution over the past 20 years. I look forward to this new opportunity to assist in the building of this wonderful and dynamic University.”
He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Calgary, a master’s degree in organizational behavior from Brigham Young University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from BYU.
A native of Toronto, Canada, he and his wife, Jeanne, have four children and 15 grandchildren.