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President Holland Unveils Administrative Reorganization

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May 29, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Chris Taylor

Written by: Chris Taylor

As UVU President Matthew S. Holland nears his four-year mark in office, he today announced a series of strategic changes to his executive team to move the University into the future. The changes will take effect June 10, 2013.

“Reaching this milestone has caused me to reflect deeply on what is ahead for the university over the next four years—which takes us to UVU’s 75th anniversary year,” Holland said in a campus-wide memorandum this morning. “I am making these changes after much thought about how best to meet the dynamic forces and opportunities we face moving ahead.”

The announcement coincides with the news that Cory Duckworth, who has filled the student affairs vice presidential role at UVU since 2003, has been selected as the new president of Jamestown Community College in western New York.

“I want to express my gratitude to Cory,” Holland said. “He has been a valuable and loyal fixture on the UVU campus for 16 years. During this time, he has been an energetic advocate for students, and extremely thoughtful about the institution’s broader mission. He played a key role in our move to university status, and has been a vital advisor to me from the moment I stepped on campus. He is well poised to take over the presidency at Jamestown Community College. On behalf of the UVU community, I wish him the absolute best in this endeavor.”

Michelle Taylor, who has given over 18 years of service to the student affairs division – most recently as an associate vice president – has been named vice president of student affairs, replacing Duckworth. Taylor has played a leading role in moving the institution through a number of top-level, complex, and in some cases, culture-changing transitions. She holds a doctorate in social work administration from the University of Utah, master’s degrees in social work and public administration from the University of Utah, and a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology from Brigham Young University.

In the area of academic affairs, Ian Wilson, vice president, will assume an elevated role as the institution’s sole senior vice president, a move intended to amplify his role in the operation of the institution. Wilson has served as the institution’s vice president of academic affairs at UVU since 2010. He served as dean of the Woodbury School of Business for more than a dozen years and has an extensive pedigree as a business faculty member. He has also worked as vice president of institutional advancement and marketing at UVU. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Calgary and a master’s degree in organizational behavior and bachelor’s degree in sociology, both from Brigham Young University.

Linda Makin, who currently sits on the Cabinet as chief planning, budget, and policy officer, will likewise take on a new title and role as vice president of planning, budget and human resources. The human resources function, formerly overseen by the vice president of administration and finance, is an addition to Makin’s portfolio of responsibilities, a move prompted by the fact that the university’s budgets and policies are increasingly and intricately connecting with its human resource practices and operations. Makin earned a master’s degree in public administration from Brigham Young University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah Valley University and has over 29 years of higher education experience.

Val Peterson, vice president of administration and finance, will assume the administrative responsibilities for athletics as part of his vice presidential portfolio, an area formerly overseen by the student affairs division. As the university moves into the Western Athletic Conference and aligns with national benchmarks and best practices, many of the issues facing the athletic department in the near future will involve facilities expansion and improvements, NCAA compliance, auxiliary services, and contract negotiations, the majority of which fall under Peterson’s jurisdiction currently from an institutional standpoint. Having responsibility for the audit and legal function on campus, the institution’s compliance office will also move under Peterson’s portfolio.

Cameron Martin, vice president of university relations, and Marc Archambault, vice president of institutional advancement, round out the Utah Valley University cabinet. Their administrative portfolios will remain as currently constituted.

“As I enter my fifth year of service at this great institution, I am excited about the make-up of this leadership team and anticipate great things to come,” Holland said. “Among other things, these changes ensure academic affairs has an elevated voice in running the institution, which is proper for an organization that is, at its core, an educational operation. In addition, it reflects my personal commitment to increasing representation of women in leadership positions at every level of the institution, starting with the senior-most level. I look forward to working alongside this leadership team for years to come.”


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