A Utah Valley University search committee has recommended four finalists to the Utah Board of Regents for the post of president of the Orem school, officials said Thursday.

The 24-member committee’s monthslong search, interviews and public meetings has produced the following candidates to head what is now Utah’s largest institution of higher education. They are:

  • Bradley J. Cook, provost at Southern Utah University and a professor of history;
  • John R. Rosenberg, the Washington Irving Professor of Spanish and American Relations at Brigham Young University;
  • Astrid S. Tuminez, Microsoft’s regional director for corporate, external and legal affairs in southeast Asia; and
  • Matthew J. Wilson, president of the University of Akron.

Outgoing UVU president Matt Holland, 50, announced in November he would leave the post after nine years, to serve as a president of an LDS Church mission.

Steven Lund, a Regent and the search committee co-chairman, said in a written statement that the search panel was “honored” to recommend the four finalists for Regents’ consideration.

Elaine Dalton, search committee co-chairwoman and chairwoman of the UVU Board of Trustees, thanked the university’s trustees, faculty, students, staff and members of the community “for their valuable participation in this process.”

The four finalists will at UVU’s Orem campus next Thursday to meet a series of university delegations and participate in public meetings, giving attendees and the public a chance to ask them questions.

The Board of Regents will interview the finalists in a closed session next Friday, and then is tentatively planning to convene in public at UVU’s Sorensen Center to announced its choice — although officials left open the possibility they may convene at another time for their announcement.

For more information, visit uvu.edu/presidentsearch.