OREM, Utah (AP) — Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland has announced he's leaving after nine years to serve as a mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Daily Herald reports that Holland made the announcement on Monday. He will serve as the university's president through early June and will become a mission president in July.

Holland will preside over an English-speaking mission in a location that will be announced later this year. Mission presidents train about 170 missionaries at a time and about 600 throughout three years.

The Utah System of Higher Education Board of Regents will perform a national search for a new president, who will be named by June.

Holland said the assignment was unexpected, but that his family is thrilled for the opportunity.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com