Author: Gordon Schmesco

A friendly piece of advice

It has been a couple of months since Matthew Holland took over the reins at UVU, and while we all wish him success in his new position, there are some on this campus that look at his appointment with some skepticism, maybe even hostility. So if I could offer one piece of advice to Dr. Holland it would be this: Grow a beard. Let’s face it sir, a lot of the faculty members on campus look at your BYU pedigree and  cold shivers run up their spines. Many are worried about how you will handle an institution that has grown accustomed to a certain degree of academic freedom. You know what would put many of these fears to rest? A beard. Many in the community raised their eyebrows when such a young man was named to one of the most prestigious posts in the valley. But nothing else says, “I am a distinguished and learned scholar” quite like a face full of whiskers. You face some of the most difficult fiscal constraints ever put upon a UVU president, yet many across campus will be expecting you to dole out the institutional largess to their particular programs. A nice long beard would make you look like Santa Claus, even if the legislature leaves us coal in our collective stocking. A vocal few have been miffed by your past participation in...

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A friendly piece of advice

It has been a couple of months since Matthew Holland took over the reins at UVU, and while we all wish him success in his new position, there are some on this campus that look at his appointment with some skepticism, maybe even hostility. So if I could offer one piece of advice to Dr.

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