Cameron Martin Tapped As Vice President For University Relations
October 2, 2012
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Brad Plothow (801) 863-7149
After an extensive national search, President Matthew S. Holland has selected Cameron Martin to serve as vice president for university relations at Utah Valley University. He replaces Val Hale, who left UVU in July to become president and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. Martin will officially assume his duties Oct. 15.
Martin returns to UVU after spending the past four years with the Utah System of Higher Education, most recently as associate commissioner for economic development and planning. Previously, he spent about 10 years at UVU as special assistant to the president, director of alumni relations and business manager at what was then called the McKay Events Center (now the UCCU Center).
“I am delighted to have Cameron join us in this vital role at UVU,” Holland said. “The search to fill this position elicited tremendous response from candidates across the country, giving us the luxury of choosing from a pool of exceptionally talented individuals. After vetting the candidates thoroughly, we determined that Cameron’s background and abilities were an outstanding fit for the needs of the University at this time.”
As vice president for university relations, Martin will have responsibility for a portfolio recently reconfigured to include University Marketing & Communications, economic development, and federal and state government relations, where he will act as UVU’s primary liaison with the Utah Legislature.
“I am honored by the trust being placed in me by President Holland, and I am excited to work with the faculty, students and community at large to advance the great cause of UVU,” Martin said. “It has been a truly fulfilling experience to work with the Board of Regents and commissioner of higher education during the past four years. I am so pleased that my relationships with the Regents, commissioner and other key governmental, business and educational leaders will continue as I move into this new role at an institution that I know so well and for which I have a great deal of love and admiration.”
At USHE, Martin’s responsibilities included strategic planning, advocacy with key constituencies, and most recently carrying out the system’s goals with regard to economic development. He was the chief architect of USHE’s 10-year plan, designed the reporting process for attaining the system’s key educational goals, helped develop and implement the Utah Cluster Acceleration Project, and managed the annual evaluation of the State Board of Regents, Utah’s governing body for higher education.
“Cameron Martin has made numerous contributions to the entire Utah System of Higher Education as an assistant and then associate commissioner of higher education during the past four years,” said Dave Buhler, Utah’s commissioner of higher education. “In particular, he was instrumental in helping craft the HigherEdUtah 2020 Plan that established Utah’s 66 percent goal. We will miss him in our office but are very pleased that his talents will continue to be put to use within the Utah System of Higher Education. He will be a great asset to Utah Valley University, and I wish him the best of luck in his new position.”
Prior to his experience with USHE, Martin served as a special assistant to William Sederburg, who was president of UVU from 2003-2008 and the state’s commissioner of higher education from 2008-2012. As Sederburg’s assistant, Martin was a major contributor to the institution’s rationale for university status, which UVU attained in 2008 after unanimous legislative approval. He also oversaw UVU’s annual planning, budgeting and accountability process and helped overhaul the institution’s policy and procedure processes.
Martin holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and foundations from Brigham Young University. He also has a Master of Public Administration degree and a bachelor’s degree in political science, both from BYU.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utahís largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.