Four finalists selected for next UVU president

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UVU’s Presidential Search Committee has proposed four finalists to the State Board of Regents to fill the university president position April 12.

The 24-person search committee, which includes UVU employees and local community leaders, has selected these individuals after several months of public input and in-person interviews.

Three men and one woman have been selected.

The candidates include Bradley Cook; the provost, executive vice president and professor of history at Southern Utah University, John Rosenberg; the associate director of the Brigham Young University Faculty Center and Washington Irving Professor of Spanish and American Relations, Astrid Tuminez; the regional director for corporate, external and legal affairs in Southeast Asia for Microsoft, and Matthew Wilson; the president of the University of Akron.

All four finalists have international experience, as well as ties to Utah. Cook and Rosenberg currently live in Utah. Tuminez received a degree in international relations and Russian literature from Brigham Young University. Wilson received a degree in Political Science and Asian Studies, along with a Japanese minor from the University of Utah.

The search committee, after an extensive national search, has narrowed down the pool of applicants and are honored to recommend these four, according to Steven Lund, Regent and search committee co-chair.

“We thank the university’s trustees, faculty, students and staff, along with the community as a whole, for their valuable participation in this process,” Elaine Dalton, search committee co-chair and chair of the UVU Board of Trustees, said in a written statement.

The finalists will be visiting campus Thursday, April 19. They will be meeting with various groups on campus that day and will each separately take part in a public meeting open to the UVU community and others. The meeting will allow attendees to ask the candidates questions.

Candidates will be interviewed by The Utah System of Higher Education Board of Regents April 20 in a closed session.


This is a developing story and more information will be added as it is made available. 

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