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