The state of Utah should be embarrassed today for the good old boy network is on
full display. Rather than selecting a president based upon merit the regents
went for cronyism. Only in Utah would the board of regents be so shameless as to
elevate someone with no leadership experience from associate professor to
president to lead a 20,000+ student university. I'm sure he is a good guy and
will do just fine in the position, but the point is that the most qualified and
able person did not get the job! Shame!!
In 20 years UVU will be an archrival to BYU in Basketball, and many other
sports, and perhaps rent the stadium for football games??? Look out, here comes
Good for Matt and his family and great for UVU! I have known Matt since our
undergrad days together at BYU and I have every confidence he will be a superb
president. Utah Valley has no idea what they're in for with Matt's energy,
enthusiasm, and vision. I wish him, his wife, and kids the very best and look
forward to working together on behalf of Utah's students.
The regents have no shame.
THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!What a fabulous choice! So
much potential at UVU, and a President who can help that potential become a
reality.Dr. Holland has a proven track record in academia, and a
tremendous enthusiasm and love for students. Can't wait for that
donation request from UVU -- sign me up for a big donation!Thank you
Matt Holland will be a great president of UVU. I commend the Board of Regents
for their choice. While he will certainly face many challenges in these
troubled times, he brings optimism, vigor and intelligence to the task. I
commend him to all concerned and offer him my full support.
What a great choice for UVU!! I received my AS degree from UVSC in 1997 and
have watched the progress of the school for many years. Matt Holland will do a
fantastic job leading UVU to new heights. He brings a passion, energy, and
enthusiasm that is infectious. He also posseses the wisdom and intelligence to
lead the university in the right direction. Most of all, he cares about people.
He will do what is right for the students of UVU. Once again, great choice!!
Congratulations to you Matt!
Congratultions Dr. Holland! This is terrific news for UVU!
This guy is not qualified to be the president of a major institution. He has a
PhD in poli sci and has just been a teacher at the Y. The board picked him
because of his dad. It is sad because the other two candidates where more
qualified. I guess he will keep UVU on the straight and narrow though.
Congrats Dr. H!
Great choice! I attended the announcement today and was really impressed with
Mr. Holland. I think he will bring a great deal of academic integrity,
enthusiasm, and school spirit to UVU.
Three weak candidates...and the winner is the weakest of the three. The Regents
never seem to amaze.
The naysayers for Holland as the choice do a disservice when they know nothing
about the man, his qualifications. He deserves to rise or fall on his own
merits, and obviously, he was thought of as being qaulified.
well it has been a long time in waiting for a new president i
think that prresident holland will do a great job i am excited it is a
great choice exciting.
What a great day for UVU!! I received my AS degree from UVSC in 1997, and have
followed the progress of the school closely over the years. I believe that Dr.
Holland is the perfect choice to lead UVU into its very bright future. He has a
passion, energy, and enthusiasm that will greatly benefit the UVU community. He
also has the wisdom, intelligence, and vision to meet the needs of this rising
university. Most of all, he cares deeply about people. The students of UVU are
in great hands. Once again, great choice! Go Wolverines!!!!!
Yale>Duke, Cameron's academic work (publishing)>Holland, Cameron's
administrative experience>Holland, Cameron's NAME
"Embarrassment,"Prove that he's a "good ol' boy." Having grown up
around "good ol' boys," I know them a mile off. Matthew Holland is not one and
never will be. This is spectacular news for UVU and for Utah Valley.
Hope he remains as president of UVU for a long time. Finally, a president with
some decent values, that even reflect values of the citizens of the state. His
dad did an excellent job as BYU president. He has more than enough
qualifications, and I'm overjoyed (and surprised) that finally we have a local
person as president, qualified, and not somebody with a new england agenda!
I don't think anyone who wasn't involved in the interviews and hiring process
has any ground to say that he isn't as qualified as the other choices. That's
why they do interviews and not just look at resumes. That's all we have to go on
is what we know of their resumes. Those who made the choice has much more than
I'm sorry, but do you ever notice how many 1st comments to articles where a
Mormon is involved state "only in Utah"? Such people should leave Utah and see
how things are done in other places, I guess. I think President Holland has
Utah's and UVU's best interest at heart--unlike some of the past presidents.
Holland's religion is not the issue. The issue is that his experience is either
being downplayed by the media or the regents are taking a major risk on him. He
may turn out to be a great president, but his experience now is very minimal.
BYU is not run like UVU when it comes to funding. Working for Mike Leavitt is
not leading a university. I'll give him a chance, but he needs to get rid of my
doubts on his inexperience quickly.
I never comment on news articles but have have to say something now. THe last
two presidents of UVU were from out side of the state of Utah and NON MORMAN.
They both did a fantastic job. I am sure that Matt Holland will be great to.
Church membership is never a criteria in sellection of a employee of UVU the
question is not even asked.
My guess is that Holland will do well despite those evidenced here who would do
him in from the beginning. Some people have to start on a downer no matter
what--I feel sorry for them--must be a heavy burden to carry so much spite.
Still only time will tell. If he turns out to be as good a president as I
expect he will, what I don't expect is for anyone of the critics here to come
back and retract their venomous, really mean-spirited words. Oh, and of course
there will always be those who have to find some link to the "nefarious"
dealings of the LDS Church if they can find even the most tenuous link--but,
believe me, that IS "only in Utah."
I actually personally know Kim Cameron and Jack Christianson, and they would
both have made great presidents. I don't know Mr. Holland, but I'm sure that he
will be a great president. I feel they were all very worthy and qualified
candidates. I don't know why everyone feels like they have to be so mean.
Check out the comments in the other SLC newspaper for a reality check people.
Everyone commenting here lives in dreamland. This "associate professor" (not
even a full fledged professor yet) may be a great teacher but he does not have
the experience to lead a university.
Dr. Holland has been one of my favorite professors at BYU. I'm confident that he
will be a fabulous president at UVU. Anyone who actually knows Dr. Holland knows
that he wasn't chosen because his father. He is a great leader who has the
interest of his students at heart. We will miss him at BYU. Good luck, Dr.
UVU's major need over the next few years is to rally the community and secure
private donor support. In other words, the school needs someone to do the PR
thing exceptionally well. The Regents hit a home run with this selection. Matt
Holland is articulate and inspiring. He will share a vision of UVU's future
that will ignite our alumni and friends and attract the community to UVU.
But a big gain for UVU.Dr. Holland is a fantastic professor who I'm
sure will do UVU a great service.
When someone is hired they are not hired for having the best looking resume. If
the Board hired on that criteria you wind up looking like the New York Yankees,
tons of resume, but not winners. Instead, some people know talent when they see
it and decide to hire accordingly. His father has nothing to do with
it. The Board has a reputation also, they are not going to hire someone because
of their father, especially when the father is not going to help them keep their
jobs or positions. They hire the people they think will do the best, because
that person will ensure them the most job security. They obviously believed that
President Holland promised the most for the future. This can be determined by
gut feelings, interviews, track record of success. Resume is not the only thing
that determines the potential success of a President. After all, we do have
Obama in the oval office! Leadership and people skills are the
necessary job qualifications for a President. He has these in spades. He could
end up being horrible, but nothing about him or his resume says he will be worse
than the other applicants.
GOOD FOR YOU. I TAUGHT YOU IN PRIMARY AT EMC 6TH WARD, I KNEW YOU WOULD GO
Awesome guy!I have enjoyed interviewing him today; and getting to know him
a little bit. UVU has a cherished history of wonderful Presidents; and Mr.
Holland will certainly be an inpirational addition to the legacy created by his
predecessors. I look forward to getting to know him more. Robert M.
Excellent choice! This will be great for UVU. I went to BYU. At the time UVU was
very small. Now it has as many students as BYU did when I attended.
Congratulations to all. UVU and BYU complement each other nicely by providing a
quality education in a conservative environment where religion is encouraged not
discouraged. On a side note, I attended BYU when Matthew's father was President.
I presume that running a University may come naturally to Matthew since he spent
a lot of time watching his father. President Jeffrey Holland's crowning
achievement during those times was establishing the Jerusalem center despite the
many obstacles and negotiations required.
It's really a sad day for UVA. Mr. Holland has ZERO experience to run a large
University. Like I said in an earlier post, he has never ever even been Chair
of his Dept or Dean of the College. I don't think anyone could pass a lie
detector test that says he wasn't considered because of his family name or
church connections. That being said, I wish him all the best. Running a large
state University that has to scrape for its share of the funding is much
different than being a lowly Associate Professor in a Department. He'll learn
quickly, I'm sure.
I know many colleagues here at BYU who have directed study abroad programs and
many who have had actual positions of leadership. I have no beef with Matt
Holland - I-m sure he is a good guy but I do have a beef with the Board who
could not find some one with actual university leadership experience. Good luck
Matt and good luck UVU - you'll really need it.
And what qualified Obama to become the most power man in the world? Oh, yeah, he
was a city organizer and absent senator.
Good riddance to "A Teacher". Talk about closed minded?! I am sure that you
are making your decision based on cold hard facts. It is totaly objective with
no previous bias.GOOD RIDDANCE. Please post your name and status so
we can follow up on your idle threat!
You don't need a teacher to lead a university. You need a business person - just
ask all those at UVU Wasatch that are losing their jobs due to poor money
management. UVU needs someone that will put them back on track and be able to
make the school a viable option again in the future. I say Good Luck to Mr.
Holland. I hope he can create a great school from a mediocre one.
As evidenced in several comments here, Holland's last name made it more
difficult, not simpler, for him to be selected to the post. He is
clearly very well qualified from his Duke PhD to his experience working with the
Governor and in private consulting. I cannot imagine that UVU had better
options; but of course, I am sure there was the temptation to rule him out
because of his father.
UVU is not a "major" university. No Doctorate degrees, only 2 Master's degrees.
It's more like Salt Lake Community College turned into a University. Dr.
Holland should be able to handle it.
I used to teach at UVU and BYU. Now, I am teaching in Texas and working with
Baylor and NASA. I've met many Presidents. They come from varying walks of
life. Let Dr. Holland lead the university for awhile and then, determine if
this State run university is going where the taxpayers have determined its
course. A university can best be described as a "city-state" type institution
with enormous branches of organizations, people, and needs. The best leaders,
many times, are those with vision, clarity of that vision, the ability to
inspire, motivate, keep the institution viable and thriving. Give the man a
chance, support the cause of education in Utah and at UVU. Please be fair
before your start throwing the bombs to destroy him or the institution's respect
as a serious educational place of excellence.
His dad was even younger, 39, when named BYU President.
I seemed to recalled a former President of the University of Utah by the name of
Dr. Machen who has a DDS who now is a President of the University of Florida. I
rest my case.
Today I sat on an unofficial committee to interview him and the other two
candidates. I went into the interview VERY skeptical about Matt feeling the same
way many have expressed here. I came away impressed in the way he connected with
the 20+ people in the room. I have confidence that he will do a great job
communicating to the world what UVU is about. I think he will be a great face
for UVU. Behind him are great people with lots of experience that will move the
academic mission forward. I am sure he will grow up with UVU as UVU is in the
process of carving out its unique University mission. One of the key points of
the UVU mission is being student centered. He shares the student focused
teaching institution that UVU is. I look forward to what lies ahead for this
Matthew S. Holland has been described as "A raising star in the field of
American political thought". He is a thinker, an academic researcher and an
author. He can give UVU what it needs to be a real university, academic
I attended another state university. I remember when the time came to pick our
new president, a lot of the same things were said about the man who was
selected. He was a man of vision, student oriented, a thinker and driven. I
watched as our new president took over and made our university better then ever.
I'm sure President Holland will have the same ability. It takes more then a
resume to make a president of a university. I applaud the Board of Regents. Best
wishes to President Holland.
I think Nice Pick is talking about Mike Benson at SUU. He has transformed that
place although there were some who questioned his credentials just like
Holland's. Give him a chance and I'll but Holland will take UVU to a new level
just like Benson has done in Cedar. These two are the future of higher ed in
Way to go Matt! We are really proud of you. From the physical plant office from
your summer high school working days.
I'm going to be straight up honest and say I hated his class. Seriously how
anyone could be that interested in Plato and Aristotle is beyond me, but the GUY
IS AMAZING.I mean I actually almost cared about what he was teaching
even though it was the most boring stuff I have ever studied. He is extremely
intelligent and relates very well and I have not doubt he will be a great
president of that university even without a lot of leadership experience.Don't knock on someone you don't know! Resumes don't tell the whole
story or even most of the story of who we are and what we are capable of.
I'm perplexed that so many good Utahns leave Utah for grad school and then come
back here with a "passion for education in Utah"-----why did you ever leave Utah
if you love education in this state? Did you leave Utah to get away from
family? That's an okay answer if that is reason. It makes me sick that people
have to go to Yale or University of Chicago or Oxford in order to get "a better
experience" and then come back here to Utah to teach the rest of us about the
"real world." I think our world is a little like the pharisees and sadducees
in that we worship the PH.D.----and we know we have to earn it outside of Zion
in order for it to "matter."But I don't have an idea to replace the system
we all find ourselves in: a culture that is always learning and, hopefully,
someday will lead us to the truth. I shouldn't be cynical I know, I know
there are a lot of good faculty and students at UVU and I think the university
has a great future.
I am terribly, terribly disappointed by the pick. At a delicate time when our
university is growing rapidly and times are difficult, the Board of Regents
selects a man, who in his own words, wants to put the brakes on the growth and
development of the school. We have award-winning art, dance, and theatre
programs, sciences that need desperate funding and a new building, talented
writers in the English programs, budding young CEOs in the business department,
and a capable, enthusiastic student body that wants to see their futures
realized. Rather than brake our growth, is it really that you want to *break*
our growth and success? I hope all my fellow students and their
parents and friends will join in voicing their opinion over the future of our
school. If you want to see a bright future, if you want to make and be part of
that bright future, SPEAK OUT. At BYU people may not be able to speak their
minds freely, but we at UVU do.
Congratulations to Dr. Holland and his family. His credentials in this article
were impressive. I have confidence in the people who interviewed the other 36
applicants. And I am sure there were other equally wonderful candidates but this
is who they chose. They were in the position to make that determination. We have
to respect their decision. I for one am glad that we had so many fine people to
choose from. Dr. Holland must have been superior though, thus the choice. In
these economic times and with the challenges faced by our young people to be
able to attend such a University...we need to think and speak positively about
Dr. Holland and pray for him to lead with integrity. He is walking into quite a
difficult job. I wish him all the very best and will be asking for divine help
for him. There is oposition in all things, thus, we cannot get too upset or
worry about the nay sayers. It's ok...I believe Dr. Holland is ready to walk the
As a UVU grad I am pleased with this pick. This is a wonderful university which
provided me succesful orientation to my current career. Good luck, Dr. Holland.
I'm sure all three of the candidates would have been good.One of the
main jobs of a state university president is to get money from the legislature.
Given our state legislature, who better for the job than someone well-connected
with the Republican party and the predominant religion?
Someone who knows how to negotiate political machinations would seem to have a
crucial ability in leading a state-funded university.
These men are good men, but NOT qualified for the leadership positions they've
been hired for. This is just crazy. The church is getting itself into places
it should just stay out of, before it gets itself into trouble.Show
me that these guys were the BEST candidates for the job... didn't think so
It is okay for the country to vote into office a President who has NO experience
to run our nation, but when it comes to running a university you want the most
qualified, experienced candidate. If you are willing to take a chance on Obama,
you should be willing to take a chance on Holland. Personally, I think Holland
will do a much better job than Obama at their respective jobs any day!
Why go to Duke? Or any other university outside of Utah? Well... like it or
not, Utah universities are NOT at the top of the heap in terms of academic
standards, research standards, and (even) football! People who go to another
university and return with a passion of education in Utah have merely seen what
education can really be and want to raise Utah to similar levels.Having sat on many search/screen committees at the University of Wisconsin, I
must say that the search committees usually get it right, but the decision
makers (who act on the committee's recommendations) sometimes don't (because
they didn't agree with my top choice!) Nevertheless, the top candidates are all
very qualified. If not, the search is scrubbed and started over again.Give Pres. Holland a chance.
Quit complaining. You say that he has no experience, Obama has no experience
and yet he is President. I also see that people didn't comment on the past
presidents' religions and yet they're commenting on his? That's really unfair.
I'm pretty excited for President Holland. He seems to be a great guy. I'm only
here at UVU for another year or so; however, I'm glad UVU chose him. The reason
why people leave Utah for other schools is because the other schools tend to
have higher credentials and reputation than Utah schools, especially UVU.
Well, Holland has the pedigree, fo sho. His dad was the best president BYU ever
had. No disrespect to the other presidents, but Holland had personality,
charisma, charm, intelligence, delivery, and utter sincerity in his days at the
helm of the Y. If Holland the Younger has only a fraction of what his father
brought to BYU, so much the better for UVU.Best wishes.
This is to 'A Concerned UVU Student'. No problem, I'm voicing my opinion, but in
support of President Holland. Your ideas are ludicrous. Yes, times are
difficult and UVU is growing and developing, but I think that President Holland
is the best man for the job. I don't know the guy, but I've heard great things
about him. You make me laugh, no offense. He's going to break our growth?
That's hilarious. How can you say such a thing, especially when you don't know
him? My sister had him as a professor at BYU, and she liked him. BYU students
are allowed to speak freely, I don't know why you like to spout such nonsense.
Sure, it's LDS dominant and pretty conservative, but get over it. It's a private
university also. Do you go to BYU? Obviously not, since you're at UVU. Speak
our minds? You must mean that UVU is much more liberal than BYU. That is true.
It's sad, but true. I think President Holland will do a fantastic job as our
president. I'm SPEAKING OUT just to let the other UVU student know.
what a joke.
I don't see anything wrong with expanding our educational backgrounds outside of
Utah or any other States we live in. I'm not saying that higher education in
Utah is not world class. Matt Holland is going to do just fine at UVU.
Your concerns are legitimate, but you must understand that you've misinterpreted
what "putting the brakes on" means. UVU has expanded at a very rapid rate.
That means that its degree programs are a mile wide and an inch deep. Most
bachelors degrees barely have the faculty to sustain them and an overly large
percentage of the faculty lack PhDs. He is not saying that UVU will be frozen
in time just as it is, he's saying that the university will focus on
strengthening the programs already in place - it is not enough to offer
bachelors degrees, they need to be excellent degrees. He is choosing to focus
on quality over quantity. UVU will still expand program offerings, etc., but
now the focus will be on strengthening existing programs and growing at a stable
and sustainable rate.Mindless uncontrolled growth is a good definition of
cancer, it is not a viable operating plan for a university.
Hey thanks for giving us a chance to show you that these guys are the most
qualified. It is fortunate for all those associated with UVU and SUU that a
committee of qualified individuals was in charge of the hiring process rather
than you.Both Holland and Benson had acquired the academic pedigree to
lead in their respective positions. They have fewer years experience than some
of the other candidates that were considered, it is true.But I would
challenge you to tell me why quantity of experience should matter more than
vision, energy and passion? Only the truly inept whose only qualification is
the amount of time they've done something rather than the skill with which they
have done it worry about experience to this degree. Real institutions that have
an eye on the future will always prize personal attributes of the individual
more than the quantity of years s/he has spent at a given task.This
young university needs a young and vibrant leader and it has found one in Matt
Holland.So there you go, I hope that answers your question.
The fact that America elected a non-qualified person to be president may well
prove to be disastrous in the end. The election of Obama is not a valid reason
to think that now every job no longer requires qualifications. If Holland can
pull it off,good for him but no one should be surprised if there are many
missteps along the way, and if, in the end, he should have waited to get some
real experience before appyling for the top job at a university.
The reality is that Utah has fine institutions at which to receive a bachelor's
degree or even a law, business or medical degree. If you wish to do advanced
study in any other field, Utah is a terrible choice. More than anything I wish
I could received a great advanced education in history or political science in
Utah but that simply is not the case. If one wishes to strive for academic
excellence there are very few options in Utah which has mediocre programs in
most fields. Do you really want kids in Utah taught by individuals who received
a mediocre education in their field?? You should want the best for Utah. For
the moment, at least, that means professors who receive their advanced education
outside of Utah.
Believe it or not there is tremendous value in obtaining diverse views on how
things work, particularily in higher education which is really quite a complex
issue. People do come to the state of Utah for their higher education experience
and then ruturn to another state or country to share what they learned. This is
how we all learn from eachother--its education. Being narrow is learning from
the same person, institution, subject without being exposed to diverse ways of
thinking and doing things. Do you really think that you are so set in your views
that you cannot make room and be influenced by others who see things
differently? If you have a cherished religious belief that you hold dear,
continue to cherish it. There is no need to feel threatened by others views.
Learning from others will deeped the way you feel about your beliefs and at the
same time help you to see how your beliefs can be influential.
I can't stand ignorant people who suggest that Dr. Holland got the job because
of his last name. You have no idea what the search committee was looking for,
nor do you know how each of the candidates meshed with the search committee
during the interview process. Contrary to what you assume, Dr. Holland is an
incredibly capable individual independent of who his Dad is or what his last
What a shock. Was there ever any doubt?
As my neighbors for the past several years, I can only say that we have the
highest regard and confidence in the newly selected President of UVU and his
Chief of Staff and their children. Demographicsindicate a great challenge
to accommodate an increasing number of high school graduates who would prefer to
obtain a higher education in this area, which the present facilities and
competition do not permit. Good luck to President Holland in addressing this
need along with the tough budgetary decisions that must be made in the current
Last I heard 27 percent of our country has a college degree; I wish I could
wave a magic wand and move that up to 70 or 80 percent; maybe we are moving
there slowly and surely----we can only hope, and by keeping college debt as low
as possible. I think Holland and Benson are great people and will do wonders
for higher education in the future, but they would also be great elementary
school principals, great 6th grade teachers, great coaches in high school
blessing thousands of lives there as well. They know as well as anyone that
elementary and high school are probably more important than college and so
eventually in the long term future they will try the secondary school level
which I am sure they also have a passion for (but with a little less pay and
pizzazz and media.) Or if that isn't their preference, maybe a second career
would be to start their own business and invent a product and manufacture a
technological device that will get an industry and economy moving in the real
hard nose business world.
It looks like there is one less place for unhappy BYU professors to land.
Can't wait to see where you take the University Dr. Holland! You are a great
man, a great people person and I have tremendous respect for you. Best of luck!
why go to Duke?People have to go to Duke, Yale, etc. because that is
where the best programs are. Utah has only three universities with major
graduate programs. They cannot have the best programs in every discipline, and
it would be foolish to go to graduate school but to choose not to go to the best
school you could. Going to a university outside of Utah has nothing to do with
need to come back to Utah "to tech the rest of us about the 'real world.'" Don't
be so quick to pass judgment.
Heaven forbid that someone make any missteps! What we need are robots in
leadership positions that are totally incapable of taking a wrong step!Of course that might involve sacrificing something with regard to innovation,
creativity, vision, intuition, dynamism and all the other qualities that we
generally associate with leadership. But its worth it right, knowing that
things are safely being managed with precision and without the slightest chance
of accidentally doing something worthwhile.Yep, a highly experienced
robot; that's exactly what UVU should have chosen.
Here in Michigan we are lucky if the professors and presidents at our major
universities have ever even set foot in the state before interviewing for their
positions. If you were to attack someone who got their bachelors degree
in the state and has spent there entire academic career in the state for having
gotten a Ph.D. in another state here in Michigan we would laugh you out of
existence, and we have at least five schools on the level of Utah's top three.
The comparisons in several of these comments between Obama's and Holland's
rspective "experience" are humerous. Obama was a U.S. Senator and, when he was
in academia, he was a law professor at Chicago, an elite law school. He may be
young, but his experiences clearly evidence a capacity beyond his age. Holland
was an associate professor at BYU, a fine university, but not in the same
league. Sorry, there simply is no comparison.
I for one am glad an LDS member got the post. Morals and values will carry this
university to the next level. Brother Matthew will do a very good job and we
should be proud that he will represent this calling very well.
Let's take away Dr. Holland's last name for a minute and ask this question. If
his name was Dr. no name, would he have even gotten a look, let alone an
interview? I mean, c'mon, really, please don't defend him on his experience.
His name carried the day.
I known Dr. Holland for almost 25 years and have watched him progress in his
academic career. He is by far one of the most gifted and talented people that I
know. He mind is on par with his father's which many would agree to be the best
that BYU has had in its presidency. But everyone in these previous postings is
missing his biggest asset of all. That being his wife Paige. She can walk into
a room full of strangers and make everyone of them feel as if she has known them
their entire life. She will have to represent with Matt UVU and both of them
will be fantastic. Not to sound cliche' but she truly completes him. UVU, you
have knocked one out of the park with this choice. Only as time moves on, you
will understand the greatness in this choice of both of them. BYU has lost an
incredible mind and professor in Dr. Holland and UVU has gained a treasure.
Good luck to the both of you and to the future of UVU.
You seem to have difficulty grasping the concept of analogy - there would be no
comparison if Holland had just been appointed President of the United States of
America rather than of UVU. If he had just been made president of
the U.S. then, yes, he would be absurdly under qualified and there would be no
comparison.As it stands, however, the analogy is quite legitimate.
Obama is relatively inexperienced for a U.S. President, Holland is relatively
inexperienced for a newly elected university president.It is a basic
SAT question: "Holland is to the presidency of Utah Valley University what Obama
is to the presidency of ______?"The question is not, "Who is more
qualified to be president of ANY organization, Barack Obama or Matt Holland?"
Yesterday morning, i was one of the few students that interviewed all three
candidates. I sat in a room for 45 minutes with each of them. There is not a
group of people at UVU that bleed green more than my friends and I in the room.
I must say, that President Holland won us over immediately. If you nay sayers
were in the room with us, you would be eating your words right now. Sure the
other other candidates might have looked good on paper, but he had us eating out
of the palm of his hand. We loved the other candidates as well, especially jack
christianson, being a personal friend of most of us. But i have no doubt that
the university is not in good hands, but great hands.i spent hours
with president sederburg, and am extremely grateful for the efforts he made, but
i will echo sedeburg's words in saying that he probably will make sederburg look
The reality is that UNC will beat the tar out of Duke on Sunday. So there.
I find the previous comments about why some leave Utah for graduate education
extremely irrational--and I applaud and echo those who have refuted them
already. To their comments I add: Who ever said people wanted to
leave? Have you ever considered that Utah has one of the highest
graduate-degree applicants per capita in the nation--so much that the state's
grad schools could never accommodate us all. I am a medical/grad student
outside of Utah, but that doesn't mean I can't return some day and maybe teach
students with loyalty and passion for this state. Are you serious? Sometimes you
just have to go where your family will benefit most, even if that takes you out
of state.It would do you a lot of good to think more clearly about things
before posting such nonsense. There are many more factors in choosing a place
for higher education than you obviously understand. Give me a break.
Robots? who said anything about robots? Experience begets wisdom. Lack of
experience will lead to mistakes that an experienced person would not make.
Experience is to be valued in any leadership role - there's a reason why the
next bishop in a ward won't come from the teachers quorum or that it was the
longest serving apostle became the president of the church: experience. Maybe he
turns out okay, but there is no reason to be blindly optimistic either.
A lot of the respondents are missing an important point of the selection
process. President Holland indicated that one of his most important
responsibilites will be to increase funding through a capital campaign. Most
university presidents spend the majority of their time raising money for their
institution. They are the figurehead, many times the best one to ask for a
donation.If the university is solvent or has increased it'sendowment, then it can move forward, improve, and serve the studentbody
better. President Holland has contacts that should serve him and the university
well in that regard.Additionally, he has the naysayers to prove
wrong and that should be a lot of added incentive. Best wishes of success to
the new President!
A person who attends a Utah school - such as BYU - needs to get their advanced
degrees at another school to ever be considered to teach or work in the
administration at the school of their undergrad. As far as I know, all schools
work this way. They do not want inbred students. Every professor I had at BYU
told me that if I received my Masters at BYU, I would never be considered teach
there as well. It's not a pride thing - although I would hope to be taught by
professors that had seen more of the world than just one state.
Best of success to Dr. Holland.
You who poo poo this choice of choosing Dr. Holland because of his lack of
experiance need to remember that this country elected a president who had even
less experiance to lead. I believe that UVU will be O.K.. We Do need to pray
for the country thogh!
How old was Pres. Monson when he was called to be a bishop, again? 22? Experience is one factor among many that should be considered.
Sometimes experience is helpful, other times it is simply a synonym for being
set in one's ways.
Let's see: mediocre school, 27,000 students, only 2 masters programs, is in the
shadow of the U and the Y, and has had its budgets cut cut cut.So
you select someone with inside power, really inside the old belt way. A guy who
has worked with the governor, and whose dad is a power in the Mormon church.Good choice. Too bad you didn't get an experience person, who could
have at least been a chairman or a head of department for a year or two.But given his inside connections, he will do well. He will also leave
the univ. in 5-6 years to run for political office. Might even make it too.It is in the cards for the oligarchy that runs the state and its dominant
religion. Holland will be in congress before ten years is up.
Im surprised by UVUs choice of Matt Holland, despite his strengths. I have
worked with Matt. I know him as a bright, effective teacher and a dynamic
personality. I like him, and I believe he is a good man. But his background
speaks more of potential accomplishment than the actual accomplishment that you
typically expect in a university president. He has very minimal experience in
academic administration. He has not been teaching long enough to have gained a
full professorship. His work as a scholar, both in quality and quantity, is
best described as promising rather than stellar. I can see no reason to select
him for this position other than what must have been an extremely impressive
performance in the interview process.There is nothing wrong with
promise and potential, and Matt Holland has lots of both. We just need to
recognize that UVU is taking a significant risk by relying so heavily on
potential instead of a solid record of administrative leadership.UVU
is a large university with an increasingly valuable place in our community, so
the stakes are high. Both UVU and Dr. Holland have my best wishes for the
success of their experiment.
Embarrassment for Utah,"The state of Utah should be embarrassed
today for the good old boy network is on full display. Rather than selecting a
president based upon merit the regents went for cronyism."Holland
met every single one of the criteria set by the Board of Regents before he was
selected. He had the perfect mix of experience. University Presidents aren't
administrators. The combination of political experience, academic credentials
and his management experience made him the right fit."I'm sure he is
a good guy and will do just fine in the position, but the point is that the most
qualified and able person did not get the job! Shame!!"Who would
that be? Please tell us! Someone with only administrative experience? I guess a
President does it all himself. The Vice Presidents and every other administrator
at the University would be at a total loss and unable to do anything if it
wasn't for the President. If the Board of Regents wanted an
administrator they would have chosen a person for a Vice President.The other candidates didn't possess all the required qualities. It's shocking
that you don't understand that.
stephen l.,"This guy is not qualified to be the president of a major
institution. He has a PhD in poli sci and has just been a teacher at the Y. The
board picked him because of his dad. It is sad because the other two candidates
where more qualified. I guess he will keep UVU on the straight and narrow
though."How offensive to the man and his lifetime of effort. He has
earned his position and it is sick that you would bring his father into this. If
he was anyone else son everyone would acknowledge that he has the experience and
qualities to be the President of any University in this country (Bill Sederburg
had less experience as an administrator when he became the President of Ferris
State University in Michigan than Holland has now).The other
candidates weren't more qualified. They were specialists. Holland not only had
the academic credentials but also the political and management credentials that
the other two didn't possess. Had Holland simply specialized he would have been
a VP or Dean at BYU by now but Deans and VP shouldn't necessarily become
Presidents. In fact, most don't.
To some of us who have watched Matt Holland grow it may be difficult to see a
teenage boy transform so quickly into a giant of a man. There is more behind
this man than his family name. To the doomsayers: Matt will win you over with
his personal warmth, wit and humility; his ability to communicate, his genuine
personal interest with those with whom he works.
J Mil,"I don't think anyone who wasn't involved in the interviews
and hiring process has any ground to say that he isn't as qualified as the other
choices. That's why they do interviews and not just look at resumes. That's all
we have to go on is what we know of their resumes. Those who made the choice has
much more than that."People fail to understand what is necessary in
a good President. If I had to choose between someone who had a Ph.D. in
political science or someone who had a Ph.D. in business administration I would
choose the Ph.D. in political science as the President of a University and the
Ph.D. in business administration as a Vice President or Dean. If I had to choose
between a Ph.D. in political science who had limited management experience and
one without any management experience I would choose the Ph.D. in political
science over the Ph.D. in political science without any management experience.
If I had to choose between a Ph.D. in political science with management
experience and published works over one without. Guess who? Holland
Religion not factor,"Holland's religion is not the issue. The issue
is that his experience is either being downplayed by the media or the regents
are taking a major risk on him."The media is downplaying his
experience and aren't telling people what is required in a University President.
They are also failing to mention that he has all of the qualities necessary for
a President."He may turn out to be a great president, but his
experience now is very minimal. BYU is not run like UVU when it comes to
funding. Working for Mike Leavitt is not leading a university. I'll give him a
chance, but he needs to get rid of my doubts on his inexperience quickly."He doesn't need to do any such thing. Your failure to understand what is
needed in a President is shown by your comment about "funding." Please tell us
what your list of experiences would include so I can tear it apart which would
be easy since you focus way to much on administrative experience when 90+
percent of University Presidents aren't and shouldn't be administrators before
An LDS man is right for the job. I welcome the hire and look foward to the
honesty and integrity only a member of the church can provide.
Here is a list of qualifications necessary in a University President.1. Experience in the classroom at the university level. 2. A Ph.D.
degree or an equivalent degree as one indicator of their ability to lead.3. A record of scholarly or creative achievement, to ensure an
understanding of the importance of faculty and student research to the learning
process.4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
including published works.5. A vision of what the University should
be and the future direction of the University.6.Strong interpersonal
skills and an analytical mind which should be demonstrated in both their written
and verbal communication.There are many others yet it is important
to bear in mind that administrative experience is never high on the list of
qualifications for a President since all Universities have a lot of
administrators and its not the primary role of a University President. If we
look at Dr. Holland's experience and compare it to the qualifications set by any
Board of Regents in any state it would always include a long list of the
necessary qualities but it would rarely focus on the need for an administrator.
What, only an LDS person is honest? Get Real. There are many good people out
there, just look outside the box.
I think the tv is in focus now,"Too bad you didn't get an experience
person, who could have at least been a chairman or a head of department for a
year or two."Where do you people come up with this stuff? There is
absolutely no basis in the belief that Presidents of Universities should be
administrators before they become University President's. Every University has
its administrators. Adding one more would do no good and would probably distract
from the real role of a University President which is primarily focused on the
community outside of the University.There are many talented people
who perform the day to day operations of a University and the President is at
the head. He sets general policy which is then implemented by University
administrators. He sets the vision for the University and works with
community and state leaders to achieve that vision. He is rarely focused on the
day to day operations of the University.The office of the President
of UVU includes an Executive Director of Planning and Budget, Internal Auditor,
an Assistant for Federal Relations and an Assistant for Constituent Relations
and receptionists. Do you see his role?
To: Re: UVSC Alum"What, only an LDS person is honest? Get Real.
There are many good people out there, just look outside the box."It
doesn't hurt that he is LDS since those he will be working with on the
community, state and federal level will most likely be LDS. His religion may
help him get past many of the barriers University President's face when dealing
with community and state leaders.While it isn't absolutely necessary
it would be a great help to him in his new role. This may offend a lot of people
but it is essential that the President is able to get along with or have
something in common with those he will be working with. If that is his religion
I have no problem with it. It could be a shared interest in basketball,
approximate age or even having attended the same university.A
University President will set a vision for the University and he will have to
get people to support that vision. If what they chit-chat about before he
panders to them is religion than so be it but the chit-chat is necessary.
The Board of Regents are not dummies. They have every reason to want who they
feel is best.Being a department chair is highly overrated.
Department chairs do not run budgets. They represent the department in larger
meetings.Each candidate had a chance to put their best foot forward.
Sometimes, the ones who have the best new ideas are the best candidates. Give
him some time and we will see.
Having know Matt Holland a long time, I can confidently say that he is a great
choice. I know a lot of people with more experience and credentials, but none
would do as good job as he. I am very optimistic about what this
choice means for my children's higher education.
As a student at UVU I am very excited for our new president. For all you haters
of Holland, STOP complaining. You don't go to UVU so you have no right to bash
on our new president.
This is a great calling for President Holland. I this his values and integrity
as a member of the church will help put UVU on the map. This was a good choice
by the church, I wish him luck.
Re No Comparison: you are missing the point, which is there is no basis for the
analogy. Holland was not experienced; whereas, Obama was experienced. You
cannot simply posit an analogy without thought to the predicate.
Good luck to you Matt. I am confident that you will do a great job.
My guess is that most of those complaining about Matt's appointment voted for
Barack Obama---who has absolutely no executive experience. Yet, they voted for
Obama......mostly for his looks,his speaking ability, etc. So don't be so
sanctimonious in your condemnation of Matt Holland. He has at least as much (if
not more)experience relative to this new position than does Barack Obama
relative to being the president of the United States. I know Matt personally,
and he will do a superb job! Excellent choice!
Better than Obama,"My guess is that most of those complaining about
Matt's appointment voted for Barack Obama---who has absolutely no executive
experience."First, I'm not complaining about Holland and I voted for
Obama. Second, Obama had executive experience as President of the Harvard Law
Review and as Director of several non-profits."He has at least as
much (if not more)experience relative to this new position than does Barack
Obama relative to being the president of the United States."Both
Holland and Obama have the experience necessary for their respective positions.
In fact, Dr. Holland almost has enough experience to be President of the United
States and not just President of UVU. I would probably vote for him even though
he's a Republican.
Re: " I'm sure he is a good guy and will do just fine in the position, but the
point is that the most qualified and able person did not get the job!
Shame!!"I currently live out east and work for one of the world's
largest corporations. One thing I can tell you is that academic degrees, age,
and experience are only a small part of the leaderhship equation (though the
establishment sometimes behaves otherwise). We have a number of leaders here at
our company who are promoted at very young ages to positions well beyond their
experience level. And most of them succeed, not because of where they went to
school or their previous positions, but becasue they know how to build and
execute a vision. They know how to ask question, listen, seek experienced
advise, and then formulate a path forward. They are generally great
communicators, and many come from families where leadership has been modeled.
They know how to deal with the spotlight and pressure without losing their
effectiveness.I have known Matt (and Page) for many years. They
both will be great.
Like I said in an earlier post that the DN refused to post, the head of the
search committee is a family friend of the Hollands. That made all the
difference in someone as inexperienced as Holland getting this job. It takes
more than a PhD to do this position. The president has to fundraise, settle
personnel disputes, manage a large budget, and many other things. Let's call it
for what it is: The Regents gave Holland the job because of his family name.
They took a chance on a rookie. But the fact is, UVA needs to raise money and
with his family name he might be the best man for the job.
First of all. What's UVA? You must mean UVU; at least get the school initials
correct. Do you even go to UVU? Probably not, so STOP complaining. I go to UVU
and I am excited for President Holland. They hired him because he was
qualified, so I'm sorry that you cannot see that and must remain in your own
Those questioning the regents decision may not have attended UVU, but we are tax
payers so we have the right to questions our officials. Oh I apologize to the
LDS faithful, you have NO right to question your leaders.
Congrats to Dr. Holland! I have no doubt he will be absolutely fabulous! Good
things are in store for UVU with him at the head! I'm excited to see the
progress the school will make in these next years! I hope the community will put
aside their trite differences and controversial arguments to stand behind such a
great leader! Good luck Dr. Holland!
It is exciting. I know a couple of board members and they are outstanding
deliberate people, who are very successful in their both vast and broad
experience. I would suggest that Matt is the best choice. I know Dr. Jack
Christianson and know he would readily bow to the choice, as he
well-accomplished and yet not in any way a power-hungry person. He did things at
the Orem Institute that no one has every done before, adn may not in the future.
It's not the same without him. So, he is a stellar man. Matt will water this
university and you and all of us will watch it grow. Go Matt. Go UVU!
BYU?? There goes UVU!
Utah is a young culture so what still matters is money, image, and surnames.
Also, if one is truly interested in higher education they don't get it all in
one school or culture.
Check the chronicle. Presidents are required to have experience to be qualified
for aposition. Holland didn't. Good ole' boys network.
Maryland Univerity president search in the Chronicle:The successful candidate
must have an earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree and a successful
record of significant administrative leadership experience in higher education
coupled with academic experience that qualify him/her for appointment to the
tenured faculty. Preferred candidates should have demonstrated visionary
leadership skills and significant management experience.