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Kevin J Worthen named new president of BYU, will succeed Cecil O. Samuelson on May 1

Published: Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:45 a.m. MDT

PROVO — President Henry B. Eyring announced that, as of May 1, 2014, BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson will hand over the reins to new president Kevin J Worthen.

Worthen currently serves as the Advancement Vice President at BYU. He earned his JD from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU and his BA from BYU as well.

Rumors about the end of Samuelson's tenure surfaced three years when he was 69. He was serving as a general authority of the LDS Church in its Quorum of the Seventy. Quorum members regularly gain emeritus status when they turn 70, and some wondered if that change might also include a change of assignment in the BYU president's office.

LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson granted Samuelson emeritus status in October 2011, two months after Samuelson's 70th birthday.

As of May 1, Samuelson will have served as the president of BYU for 11 years.

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