Fidel Montero Named UVU President’s Chief Of Staff
June 19, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807
Utah Valley University President Matthew S. Holland has named Fidel A. Montero as chief of staff, effective July 1.
In light of the increasing complexity and demands associated with the operation of the state’s most dynamic and soon to be largest institution of higher learning, the president’s new chief of staff position “signals a broader and more direct oversight of the day-to-day management of staff work, communication, key external relations, and special events and projects associated with my office,” said President Holland. “Fidel was selected from a highly competitive group of applications. I was deeply impressed with the depth and breadth of both his training and skillset for this position.”
“I’m thrilled at the opportunity of joining one of the most dynamic education institutions in the country,” Montero said. “UVU’s commitment to the success of each student is impressive. I look forward to making a strong contribution and forwarding the University’s unique mission.”
Montero, who has served on the UVU Board of Trustees since July 2013, will now step down to serve as secretary to the Board as part of his chief of staff responsibilities. He replaces Kyle Reyes, who has served as assistant to Holland since 2009.
“Kyle has given extraordinary service to the University,” Holland said. “He now moves on after earning his doctorate to assume a professor position at the University.”
Montero currently serves as principal of Alta High School in Sandy, Utah, and is a noted author, presenter, and consultant. His areas of emphasis include comprehensive school reform, systems development, and quantitative analysis. He has worked in education settings that include New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and throughout the state of Utah.
He received his doctorate and master’s of education degree from Columbia University, as well as master and bachelor degrees from Brigham Young University.
Montero is known for his strong leadership skills and background in multicultural education and school reform. Prior to coming to Alta High School in 2011, Montero taught at Dixon Middle School in Provo and served as an assistant principal at Timpview High School in Provo.
A first-generation high school graduate and immigrant to the United States, he is the son of Mexican farm-working parents; he experienced poverty, discouragement, and a difficult transition to the United States. His experience in coping with the complexity of immigrant life in pursuit of the American dream has fostered a desire to create opportunities for others.
The co-founder of the Latinos in Action Peer Mentoring Program, Montero is an educational consultant for Urban Learning Centers, specializing in comprehensive school reform and Latino parent involvement strategies. In addition, he is chairman of the Paso a Paso K-16 Education Partnership and a member of the David O. McKay Secondary Education Department Advisory Board. In 2011, he was named Educator of the Year by the Utah Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education.
Montero and his wife, Nancy, and their four children live in Provo.