UVU names four finalists in search for new university president

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From the left, the four finalists include Bradley J. Cook, John R. Rosenberg, Astrid S. Tuminez and Matthew J. Wilson. (Photo courtesy of Utah System of Higher Education)

The Utah Valley University Presidential Search Committee released the names of four finalists vying to fill the soon-to-be vacant president role, UVU announced Thursday afternoon.

Three men and one woman are being considered for the position: Bradley J. Cook, John R. Rosenberg, Astrid S. Tuminez and Matthew J. Wilson.

“After an extensive national search, the Utah Valley University Presidential Search Committee has narrowed the applicant pool to these four highly-qualified candidates. The committee is honored to recommend them to the Board of Regents for its consideration in selecting a new leader for the university,” said Steven Lund, Regent and search committee co-chair, in a press release.

Cook is currently the Provost at Southern Utah University and a professor of history. He’s served as a president of a college before at Abu Dhabi Women’s College in the United Arab Emirates. Cook has had 25 years of administrative experience in higher education, including eight years at then-Utah Valley State College as Vice President of College Relations and later as Vice President of Academic Affairs. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Stanford University and a doctoral degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Oxford.

Rosenberg is currently at Brigham Young University working as the Washington Irving Professor of Spanish and American Relations as well as the associate director of the Faculty Center. He has worked with the BYU-Public School Partnership as Senior Fellow for two decades. He earned his bachelor’s degree from BYU and his master’s and doctoral degree from Cornell University.

Tuminez is the Regional Director for Corporate, External and Legal Affairs in Southeast Asia for Microsoft. Her educational leadership background includes her time as Vice Dean of Research and Assistant Dean of Executive Education at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, where she trained over 2,000 government officials and private-sector professionals in leadership and organizational change. Tuminez holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Wilson is currently the president of the University of Akron. Before serving as the University of Akron’s president, Wilson was dean of the Law School at the university. He also served as Associate Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Wyoming, distinguished international scholar at Kyung Hee University Law School in Seoul, and Senior Associate Dean and General Counsel at Temple University Japan in Tokyo. Wilson earned two bachelor degrees from the University of Utah and a juris doctor degree at Temple University.

The new UVU president will replace President Matthew Holland, who will leave the university in June to serve as a mission president in Raleigh, North Carolina for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Holland has served as UVU’s president since 2009.

UVU started the accepting applications and nominations immediately following President Holland’s mission call and accepted applications through Feb. 2.

The four finalists will participate in a public meeting on April 19 on UVU’s campus. Each finalist will have 50 minutes where the public can meet the candidates and ask them questions. There will also be closed meetings with the candidates and groups representing faculty, staff, students, and administration. See a schedule for public meetings on April 19 at uvu.edu.

Then, on Friday, April 20, the finalists will hold interviews with the Board of Regents in a closed session. The board may choose to announce the new president at 5:45 p.m. that evening at the Sorenson Center, Centre Stage. However, the announcement may convene at a future date.

Learn more about the four finalists here.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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