Dr. Astrid Tuminez was inaugurated Wednesday as Utah Valley University's seventh president, and is the first female to hold the post. The inauguration was part of the events for the university's "Week of Dreams" lineup.
What do you know about the university's newest leader?
1. She's a strong woman and role model
Tuminez was a first-generation college student raised by her teenage sister in the Philippines, who moved to the U.S. when she was 18 to study. She attend BYU and Harvard and got her Ph.D. from MIT. Now, she'll be heading up Utah's largest public university.
In a piece she wrote in 2016 for NewsDeeply on Women and Girls, she said, "There has been a lot of research on the positive impact of education on girls and women. Speaking personally, education really is the great equalizer. If you grow up underprivileged, education offers you the chance to discover an entire world. You might live in a village or under a bridge in Manila and know nothing about anything, but education can set your mind free. Any time you open up a mind, you’re opening up possibilities."
2. She speaks multiple languages
Tuminez's experience includes significant international work, in addition to her native Filipino heritage and upbringing. She speaks at least five languages: Filipino, Tagalog, Ilonggo, Russian, French and a working knowledge of Spanish.
3. She can get to the point
While Tuminez may joke about her short height, she has already shown it's depth that matters. While the four finalists for president of the university submitted resumes as part of their applications and public vetting, Tuminez's resume was one-third the length of all other candidates; every other candidate had resumes spanning at least 15 pages long. Tuminez's was five pages.
4. She's an avid runner
She stays active outside the business world. Tuminez runs marathons and half-marathons in her free time.
5. She's given a TED Talk
Tuminez addressed Asian women in particular in a TED Talk given in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2016.
Illustrating the need for women to be empowered from her own experience and other women’s success stories, she identifies education, access to affordable, quality childcare and elder care, and technology as key to empowering women. She concludes in the video that Asia cannot reach its full potential if half of its population is held back, according to the video's description.