Sutherland’s 2017 annual gala was a powerful tribute to those who protect, defend and create each generation’s New Birth of Freedom.

Political analyst and commentator William Kristol was the keynote. We honored Matthew S. Holland and Sheri Dew, the 2017 recipients of Sutherland Institute’s New Birth of Freedom Award.

And in a presentation by the U.S. Air Force, Dan Clark received the American Spirit Award, the highest award the Air Force bestows on a civilian.


Sheri Dew Introduction

Sheri Dew Speech

Matthew Holland Introduction

Matthew Holland Speech

Dan Clark Introduction

Dan Clark Speech

Dan Clark Congratulations

Jimmy Yeary Performance

New Birth of Freedom Award Winners


Sheri L. Dew is executive vice president of Deseret Management Corp. and CEO of Deseret Book Co. She is a native of Ulysses, Kansas, and a graduate of Brigham Young University.

Dew is a 30-year veteran of the publishing industry and has written a number of best-selling books, including the biographies of two presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – President Gordon B. Hinckley and President Ezra Taft Benson. Her most recent book is titled Worth the Wrestle.

Dew served as second counselor in the general presidency of the Relief Society of the LDS Church.

Dew is a recipient of a medal of honor from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, and she has spoken at international conclaves such as the World Congress of Families. In 2003 the White House appointed her to the U.S. Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women at the U.N.


Matthew S. Holland is president of Utah Valley University. Following his appointment in 2009, UVU adopted a mission focused on student success fostered by an environment that is inclusive, serious and engaged.

As a result of maintaining high academic standards while expanding offerings to meet market demands, UVU has experienced unprecedented growth. Since 2015 it has been the largest institution of higher education in Utah.

Holland earned a B.A. in political science from BYU and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Duke. He earned a graduate certificate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for the study of ethical political leadership. Holland is a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. For summer 2017, he was named a Senior Associate at Pembroke College at the University of Oxford in England.

He and his wife, Paige, are the parents of four children.

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