OREM, Utah – Following a nationwide search, Utah Valley University officials today announced that Dr. Jared Sumsion will become the university's new athletic director. Dr. Sumsion recently served as the interim athletic director and prior to that as senior associate athletic director for external operations.
"UVU's national search for a new director of athletics produced some truly talented candidates," President Astrid S. Tuminez said. "After a thorough review, our search committee found that Jared demonstrated the commitment and track record on exceptional leadership, care and results that align with UVU's values and direction. He places our student-athletes at the heart of all that he does. He will usher in a new era of athletic excellence at UVU."
As the athletic director, Dr. Sumsion will also serve as associate vice president of athletics. He will oversee 16 Division I sports involving 330 student-athletes and 84 staff, fundraising efforts and the elevating of UVU's national profile.
Before becoming athletic director, Dr. Sumsion was also the administrator for UVU's baseball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's & women's cross country, men's & women's indoor and outdoor track & field and wrestling programs.
"I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity and trust that the university has shown me," Dr. Sumsion said. "UVU transformed my life. I love this university and what it's meant to my family and me. I'm ready to hit the ground running. Our student-athletes and staff are second to none. We have an incredible fan base and devoted community, and together we will do amazing things."
Prior to his time in athletic administration, Dr. Sumsion served as the assistant to former UVU President William A. Sederburg. In that position, he was a part of the administrative team that oversaw the institution's transition from state college to university. Additionally, from 2001-2005 he worked as a surgical assistant for Intermountain Healthcare, specializing in orthopedics.
Dr. Sumsion earned a bachelor's degree from UVU, where he served as student body president. He also holds a master's degree in business administration and a doctorate of education in organizational leadership with a minor in conflict resolution.
A native of Springville, Utah, Sumsion and his wife, Stephanie, have four children.