The Utah Valley University Board of Regents has unanimously selected Astrid S. Tuminez, a Filipina, to serve as the University’s next President; she’s the first woman to hold such position.
Astrid grew up in the slums together with her six siblings and was raised by their 15-year-old sister after their mother left. When she was 5 years old, she and her siblings were offered a chance to go to school by Catholic nuns. They emigrated to the United States in 1982.
After some years, Astrid earned her graduate degrees at the Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
At present, she is the Regional Director for Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs in Southeast Asia for Microsoft. Prior to this, she worked as the Vice Dean of Research and Assistant Dean of Executive Education at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
Daniel W. Campbell, Chairman of the Board of Regents, described Astrid as someone who has proven to be a dynamic leader across academic, nonprofit, public policy, and corporate sectors. He also said that Astrid has bridged the gaps in education and opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.
Married with three children, Astrid is fluent in English, Filipino, Russian, and French languages, as well as in Ilonggo.
There are more than 37,200 students at Utah Valley University, the largest public university in Utah.