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William A. Sederburg papers

Identifier: AR 105

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains materials created or compiled by Sederburg related to his service as UVUs president. Materials include correspondence to and from President Sederburg, magazines with articles related to President Sederburg, reports, the State of the College Address from 2007 given by President Sederburg, and miscellaneous items related to President Sederburg including misprinted letters and a schedule.


  • 2003-2008


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Conditions Governing Access note

Access to the Collection is open with assistance from the archivist or staff. Restrictions on Box 1 Folders 1 and 2; Box 2 Folder 1 due to private information.

Conditions Governing Use note

Open for Research. Copyright for Official University records is held by Utah Valley University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical/Historical note

Dr. William A. Sederburg joined Utah Valley as the 5th president of Utah Valley State College on June 1, 2003. During his five year tenure, he added 129 new faculty positions, 26 new baccalaureate degrees and the institution's first master degree (Master of Education). He revamped the campus master plan and led several campus expansion initiatives, including the purchase of the Education Building, nearby orchards, the Murdock Property, and the Wasatch Campus in Heber City, Utah. Additionally, he oversaw the creation of the Woodbury School of Business, Noorda Regional Children's Theater, and the Clyde Institute of Construction Management. He increased the institutional budget by 65.4%. He established the Planning, Budgeting, and Accountability process which has received international recognition by the Society of College and University Planning. He enjoyed meeting with and talking to students and worked to give Utah Valley students better services both academically and administratively. Under his direction, the first student recruitment campaign was launched. He also oversaw the creation of the UVU One Stop and improved the student-to-advisor ratio from 700 to 1 to approximately 400 to 1. President Sederburg was also very engaged with the community. He established the Community Relations Council and served on the boards of United Way of Utah County and as chair of the Provo-Orem Chamber of Commerce. He created the Center for Engaged Learning designed to provide faculty and students research and project opportunities that impact the community. Despite these many accomplishments, his greatest was achieving university status resulting in a mission and name change from Utah Valley State College to Utah Valley University. Included in the mission change was $10 million in new funding from the legislature. A new 190,000 square foot library was dedicated on July 1, 2008, the day UVSC officially became Utah Valley University. The library was hailed by Governor Jon M. Huntsman as the "greenest" public building in the State of Utah. For a more complete list of accomplishments please see his list of accomplishments. Sederburg served as president of Utah Valley State College from 2003 to 2008


1.83 Linear Feet (4 containers)


This collection contains materials created or compiled by Sederburg and the Office of the President related to Sederburg's position as President of UVU.

Arrangement note

The series arrangement is as follows: series 1: correspondence; series 2: magazines; series 3: reports; series 4: addresses; series 5: miscellaneous.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of the office of the President

Acknowledgment of Bias and Harmful Content

The Sutherland Archives recognizes there are materials in our collections that may be offensive or harmful. Materials may contain language or depictions that are racist, sexist, Eurocentric, ableist, homophobic, etc. We present such materials unaltered to preserve context and to present a complete historical record. Sutherland Archives staff is making efforts to update our finding aids to acknowledge offensive content.

Finding aid prepared by Aimee Bastarache, Archives Assistant
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Revision Statements

  • 2022 February: Edited for description and organization errors; Amy Roberts, Archives Specialist, and Blake MacDonald, Archives Aide.

Repository Details

Part of the Fulton Library George Sutherland Archives Repository

800 West University Parkway
MS 145
Orem Utah 84058 United States