UVU Board Of Trustees Welcomes Three New Members
September 11, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson
Written by: Heather Wrigley
In conjunction with the start of a new academic year, the Utah Valley University Board of Trustees welcomed new trustees Elaine S. Dalton, Fidel A. Montero and Duff Thompson following their taking the oath of office on Sept. 5, 2013.
“These three individuals are eminently well-qualified to be Trustees and will have a tremendous impact on UVU,” said UVU President Matthew S. Holland. “We welcome them and are looking forward to working together to advance the university’s mission and continue to improve and grow our campus both physically and academically. I thank them from their willingness to serve our students and anticipate many successful collaborations in the years to come.”
Dalton comes to UVU with five years’ background serving as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Church Education System, which includes Brigham Young University, BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii, LDS Business College, and seminaries and institutes worldwide. From 2008 to 2013, she served as the general Young Women president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which required extensive travel and a broad understanding of the needs and challenges of youth. She feels that education is critical in strengthening individuals, families, and societies.
Her other prior service includes five years as a member of the Young Women General Board and five years as a counselor in the Young Women General Presidency. She was instrumental in the development of a new teaching and learning resource for youth and has served on numerous committees overseeing programs that educate and strengthen youth. She was also a member of the Governor’s Commission for the Education of Women in 2012.
New trustee Montero, as the principal of Alta High School, located in Sandy, UT, is an educational leader, teacher and advocate for all students. Montero is a first generation high school graduate and immigrant to the United States. His experience with the complexity of immigrant life has fostered a desire to create opportunities for others.
An author, presenter and independent consultant, Montero continues to lead school improvement efforts locally, drawing from his experience in education settings that include New York City, Los Angeles, Miami and various cities throughout Utah. His areas of emphasis include comprehensive school reform, systems development and quantitative analysis.
Thompson was named to the board following 20 years of service on a number of corporate boards, including current service on three boards: Qualtrics, LLC; Remedy Informatics; and Cypher, LLC. He has been a managing general partner of EsNet Ltd., a Utah based private investment firm, for the past 19 years. Before that, he was senior vice president of business development and strategic relations at Novell and executive vice president and general counsel at WordPerfect Corporation.
Thompson’s long association with the software industry includes participating on the board of the Software Publishers Association and assisting in the creation of the Business Software Alliance, where he participated on the board and filled a term as chairman.
Other members of UVU’s Board of Trustees include Karen Acerson, Jono Andrews, Curtis Blair, Deborah Bingham, Greg Butterfield, Ron Hawkins, Steven Lund and Terry Shoemaker.