Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Val Hale is the executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), which promotes state growth in business, tourism and film. Hale was appointed to the position in 2014 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. Before accepting the position, Hale served for two years as president and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. Prior to the Chamber, Hale served in various capacities at UVU for seven years, playing a key role in transitioning Utah Valley State College into Utah Valley University. Before his career at UVU, Hale worked 22 years for the Brigham Young University (BYU) Athletic Department, ultimately serving as its director beginning in 1999.