The Utah Board of Regents has selected Elizabeth Hitch as interim successor to Utah Valley University President Bill Sederburg, who steps down next month to become Utah's commissioner of higher education. Hitch has served as Utah Valley's vice president for academic affairs for the past year.
Hitch, who holds a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Michigan, came to Utah Valley last year after serving in a variety of administrative and academic posts at several Midwestern universities, most recently University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, during a career spanning 35 years.
"At UVU, we have a clear plan and vision for the future based upon our model for engaged learning," Hitch said in a news release announcing her appointment. "There is a lot of energy at Utah Valley, and we are going to apply that energy to enhancing our service to the community as an engaged learning institution. Our enthusiasm and success will attract a great pool of candidates to be considered for the presidency at Utah Valley University."
In addition to administrative posts in Illinois and Wisconsin, Hitch spent 15 years at Central Michigan University, where she earned tenure and full professorship and served as director of teacher education. She spent another 10 years at the University of Michigan, where she headed instructional design in health sciences.
"Dr. Hitch is the logical fit for this position at this critical juncture in the institution's history," said Sederburg, who just this month finished ushering Utah Valley's transition from a state college to a university.
The search for a permanent president will be co-chaired by regents Marlon Snow and Jack Zenger.