Last week was interim president and vice president of academic affairs, Elizabeth Hitch’s final one before moving to her new post as associate commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education.
“The opportunity to work at the state level of key higher education issues was one I just could not pass up,” Hitch said.
Hitch’s new position will require her to be responsible for the oversight of programs like degree approval and accountability, accreditation and special program initiatives. As well as enhancing programs through special initiatives in areas including, libraries, nursing, teacher education and engineering.
Though it is somewhat of a bitter sweet change, Hitch looks back at her experience here with fondness.
“The people are what make UVU the special place it is and it has been wonderful to work with the faculty, staff and students who are part of this new university,” Hitch said.
During Hitch’s time here she has been instrumental in helping move the university forward as well as assist directing the school through grueling financial times. Hitch has also been a key player, under President Holland’s leadership, in working within the limitations of budget cuts to acquire the necessary funds for the new Science Building.
“I was pleased to serve as part of a leadership team when I was interim president that managed to navigate a significant budget cut without damaging our mission and vision,” Hitch said.
Though Hitch says she will remain fair and inclusive in her new post, she understands the important role UVU plays in this state. In her new post, her mission will be to create a strong higher education system, that will be able to satisfy the needs of Utahns.
Hitch will be missed here at UVU, and only the best wishes are conveyed as she embarks on a new journey.
“Liz Hitch loves UVU, I think it’s hard for her to leave, I think UVU will always hold a special place in her heart. But she’s also a very fair minded individual, while I don’t think she will do anything inappropriate or unfair, I do not think it will be a bad thing to have Liz Hitch in the commissioner’s office,” Holland said.