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UVU expanding alumni center resources to former presidential home

August 17, 2018
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The residence where UVU presidents have historically lived is pictured on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Orem.

Utah Valley University’s next president will be moving off campus.

Astrid Tuminez, who will officially begin duties as the president of UVU next month, is currently living with her family in the on-campus home presidents have traditionally lived in, but will be moving out of the home so it can become a second location for alumni services.

Alumni services has outgrown its current location in the Alumni Center, a former home located at 519 W. 1200 South in Orem, according to Scott Cooksey, the vice president for development and alumni relations at UVU. It’s a problem that’s been prevalent since he started at the university in 2016.

“I came in and people were on top of each other,” Cooksey said.

Since then, alumni services have continued to grow. The Alumni Center has other problems, such as very limited parking and a challenging layout.

“It has great curb appeal, but inside it is really chopped up,” Cooksey said.

The university started considering the former presidential home as an option for the expansion of alumni services last spring, according to Val Peterson, the vice president of finance and administration at UVU. The university is running out of space on its Orem campus and the home was eyed as an option.

The university got approval to repurpose the home in June.

The former presidential home was built after Kerry Romesburg was appointed as president of the institution in 1988. Matthew Holland and his family lived in the home during his presidency as well.

The former presidential home has parking nearby, a grass field that could be used for hosting, is located on the east side of the Orem campus and has a large backyard for entertaining.

“It is a great location,” Peterson said. “It has some great benefits to it.”

Plans for the home’s renovation to transition to a facility for alumni services haven’t been drawn up yet. Peterson said there aren’t plans to build a new home for UVU presidents.

The plan is for alumni relations and the student alumni association to move to the former presidential home.

Both homes will be renamed.

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