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Matthew S. Holland papers

Identifier: AR 107

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains materials pertaining to Matthew S. Holland’s service as president of Utah Valley University. Materials include correspondence, transition materials from William A. Sederburg's presidential term, office records, books, audio visual materials, awards and gifts, and commemorative items from university expansion and graduations.


  • 2003-2018


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Conditions Governing Access note

Access to the collection is open with assistance from the archivist or staff.

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. Matthew S. Holland's road to a distinguished career in higher education began as a student at Brigham Young University, where he graduated with honors and was valedictorian for the political science department in 1991. That same year he won a prestigious Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to study leadership in democracies. Before earning his master's degree and Ph.D. in political science at Duke University, Dr. Holland served with distinction as chief of staff for the top executive of the international consulting firm Monitor Group and, later, as special assistant to then-Governor Michael O. Leavitt. As a faculty member at BYU, his research in American political thought garnered national attention. In 2005-06, he was awarded Princeton University's James Madison Fellowship. A popular teacher, his commitment to applied learning concepts led to his selection as BYU's "Civically Engaged Scholar of the Year" by Utah Campus Compact. A true son of Utah Valley, Dr. Holland is married to fellow Utah County native Paige Bateman, and they have four children: Jake, Mitzi, Grace, and Danny. On June 1, 2009 Dr. Matthew S. Holland was selected from an exceptional pool of candidates to be appointed president of Utah Valley University. He is the institution's sixth president which began as Central Utah Vocational School in 1941. The school has had many name changes and an evolving mission throughout the years. In July 2008 the institution known at the time as Utah Valley State College (UVSC) attained university status. Holland served as president of Utah Valley University from 2008 to 2018.


48.29 Linear Feet (55 containers)


This collection contains materials pertaining to Matthew S. Holland’s service as president of Utah Valley University, including transition materials from William A. Sederburg's presidential term.

Arrangement note

The collection's finding aid is arranged by material type and university organizations, events, and committees.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of the office of the President

Related Archival Materials note

William A. Sederburg collection AR 105 UVU Transition items relate to Utah Valley State College President William A. Sederburg's term of office. These items cover the transition period from 2003-2008 and were transferred to the archive with current Utah Valley University President Matthew S. Holland's correspondence.

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, Assistant Archivist; and Kellie Johnson, Student Intern. Additional materials added in 2021 by Rebekah Westrup, Archives Specialist. Item level descriptions added in 2022 by Amy Roberts, Archives Specialist, for materials in boxes 17-53.
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Revision Statements

  • 2022 January: Physical housing reviewed and items secured and rehoused as needed for materials in boxes 17-53, Amy Roberts, Archives Specialist; and Aimee Bastarache, Archives Librarian.
  • 2022 February: Edited for description and organization errors; Amy Roberts, Archives Specialist, and Blake MacDonald, Archives Aide.
  • 2022 October: Materials processed (Box 55 Folder 1) and added to the finding aid by Amy Roberts, Archives Specialist.

Repository Details

Part of the Fulton Library George Sutherland Archives Repository

800 West University Parkway
MS 145
Orem Utah 84058 United States