Matthew S. Holland

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Matthew Holland
6th President of Utah Valley University
In office
June 2009 – June 2018
Preceded by Elizabeth Hitch
Personal details
Born 1966 (age 50)
Spouse(s) Paige Holland
Children 4
Alma mater Brigham Young University (B.S.)
Duke University (M.A., Ph.D.)
Profession Academic administrator, professor
Website Office of the President
Academic work
Institutions Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University,

Matthew Scott Holland (born 1966)[1] served as the 6th president of Utah Valley University (UVU) in Orem, Utah, and its first president after UVU was granted university status (as opposed to a college).[2]


Holland earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America in 1980.

Holland was selected as UVU's sixth president by the Utah State Board of Regents in the spring of 2009 and officially began his tenure on June 1 of that year, succeeding interim president Elizabeth Hitch. Following the transition from a state college to a university in the summer of 2008, Holland became the first president of the university. Prior to joining UVU, Holland was an associate professor in the political science department at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo. Holland was valedictorian of BYU's political science department when he completed undergraduate work there in 1991. He studied early American political thought at Duke University in Durham, N.C. where he earned a Ph.D. in political science in 2000. Holland also received an academic fellowship to study at Princeton University as a James Madison Fellow, and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a Raoul Wallenberg Scholar.

Building on his dissertation, Holland published Bonds of Affection: Civic Charity and the Making of America with Georgetown University Press in 2007.

As a professional, Holland was a special assistant to former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt, and he was chief of staff for the top executive of the international consulting firm Monitor Group. As a faculty member at BYU, his emphasis on applied learning concepts led to his selection as the institution’s “Civically Engaged Scholar of the Year” by Utah Campus Compact. Previous to service at UVU, Holland was on the board of the National Organization for Marriage, which is a political organization which opposes same-sex marriage.[3]

Holland is a member of the American Political Science Association and the American Historical Association. He also serves on boards, including the Deseret News Editorial Advisory Board,[4] Utah Technology Council[5] and the Salt Lake Chamber.[6] Holland received the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award through the Utah National Parks Council of BSA in 2011.[7]

On November 6, 2017, Holland announced that he would leave his position at UVU in June 2018 to serve as a mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[8] He was subsequently assigned to the church's North Carolina Raleigh Mission.[citation needed] In April 2018 it was announced that Astrid S. Tuminez would succeed Holland as president.

Personal life[edit]

Holland's father, Jeffrey R. Holland, was president of BYU and is currently a member of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Holland's wife, Paige, is also a Utah Valley native, graduating from Timpview High School in Provo before enrolling at BYU. The Hollands are the parents of four children.


  • Holland, Matthew S (2007). Bonds of Affection: Civic Charity and the Making of America—Winthrop, Jefferson, and Lincoln. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press. ISBN 978-1-58901-183-0. Retrieved September 17, 2010.


  1. ^ BYU online catalog entry for Bonds of Affection
  2. ^ "UVU Review article on Holland". Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
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  5. ^ "Board of Trustees". Retrieved 17 August 2017.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Board of Governors". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  7. ^ "The National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award". UNPC Website. UNPC. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  8. ^ Walch, Tad (November 6, 2017). "UVU President Matt Holland to leave in June to serve as a Mormon mission president". Deseret News. Retrieved May 4, 2015.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth Hitch (interim)
President of Utah Valley University
2009 – present
Succeeded by