In our opinion: President Matt Holland leaves behind an impressive legacy as he accepts a call to serve

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  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Nov. 15, 2017 2:46 p.m.

    To Utefan60:

    re: "Lets not forget that he presided over a State University funded with State taxes paid by all citizens. That is important."

    It is important. And the citizens of Utah got a great deal, even if some of those citizens don't understand or appreciate how lucky they were to have him.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2017 1:53 p.m.

    Lets not forget that he presided over a State University funded with State taxes paid by all citizens. That is important.

    He was at the center of controversy when his support of "traditional" marriage put him at odds with not only a diverse student body, but over 100 teachers, professors and staff who thought that he needed to keep those religious views out of the realm of the student experiences that he was presiding over. That was a very controversial issue. It put quite a dent in the experience for minority students and others.

    He signed a court brief recently in support of the Colorado baker for the Supreme Court case. This again put him at odds with the students and many of the professors at the UVU. It was time he leave.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 11:24 a.m.

    I knew Matt Holland when he lived in Seattle. He wasn't at his best back then. However, in his defense I only knew him from his birth until about the age of 2. I'm sure he's doing better now.

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    Nov. 13, 2017 9:28 a.m.

    President Holland has done a fantastic job for UVU. I wish him and his family well as take on the responsibility for a couple of hundred missionaries and perhaps congregations (branches which may be organized into districts).

    What I don't understand about this article and many others about UVU is why the 14 years as a 4-year state college (1993-2007) get forgotten. UVU was only named a community college for 6 years (1987-93). The 4-year college has competed in NCAA Division 1 from 2001.

    The context of 2007 isn't that is was a community/technical college, but that it had long been a 4-year college and was renamed in 2007 when masters degrees were added. That isn't to say President Holland didn't lead the ship well, which from all evidence he did, and put the newly redesignated university on a solid footing.

    UVU receives the third largest funding from state taxes ($100,891,200) after Utah ($234,351,900) and Utah State-Logan ($136,791,000) and ahead of Weber State ($80,269,500), Southern Utah ($35,116,600), and Dixie State ($33,239,900)--all numbers from the annual USHE report for 2016-17.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 6:42 a.m.

    Congratulations to Matt Holland. He will be difficult to replace as president of UVU.

    I think another great move would to have Mitt Romney called as a Mission President, maybe in France.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 5:15 p.m.

    I totally agree with that last comment..he is a wonderful man who truly cares.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 2:04 p.m.

    The missionaries who get to serve withr Matt Holland and his wife Page will be very fortunate. He is a great guy and will be an even better mission president.