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Published: Monday, May 5 2014 8:45 a.m. MDT

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Angleton, TX

Good for BYU. This man seems to be a moderate Republican or quite possibly a Democrat.

Somewhere in Time, UT

A wonderful man. He'll make another great president for BYU.

Altamont, UT

I remember Kevin from school, he was a pretty cool guy even then.
I enjoyed hearing the stories about his dad. I remember him well. Good, kind man, but he didn't take you-know-what from anybody!
Thanks for the article.

Salt Lake, UT

Dear Bruce,
How do you know which political persuasion Pres. Worthen is from by reading this article? It is quite possible for both a republican or a democrat to be kind, caring and considerate of others. I agree that it appears that this man is decent and caring individual. I'm sure BYU is in good hands with his years of experience working alongside Pres. Samuelson.

Tooele, UT

Re: "I remember him well. Good, kind man, but he didn't take you-know-what from anybody!"

So, apparently, he's not a Democrat. Their hallmark is always taking you-know-what from anyone.

Except conservatives, or someone with an actual sense of humor.

South Jordan, UT

Great article and introduction into this otherwise unknown man for me. I'm happy to see you are BYU through and through. Good luck in this job! We will miss Pres. Samuelson, but look forward to the years ahead with you.

Also, thanks for all the work you did with BYUtv. Everyone should tour that facility. It is a landmark in television broadcasting! And, I, too, hope you are a conservative!

Go Cougars!

Salt Lake City, UT

Any leader who's main tenants are compassion and kindness has caught the vision of how Christ lead. In our effort to be "perfect" and "obedient", the unfortunate virtue that seems to be swept aside is compassion. It's what separates Pharisees from Disciples.

West Jordan, UT

He seems like a down-to-earth, likable person. BYU will benefit from having such a good individual lead. I like that he's still wanting to be in the classroom. That alone should speak volumes about the kind of man he is. It would be a treat to take a class from him.

Go Cougs!

Salt Lake City, UT

He is a combination of humble Christian with all of its virtues and high intellect. That is perfectly suited for BYU and the challenging environment of higher education.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Tad, what a useful and interesting article. Didn't know anything about the new president until reading this. Looks like BYU has another great president although, tongue in cheek, I have to ask: Can anything good come out of Dragerton? It's okay for me to say this, I'm from Ferron myself. There's a bit of friendly rivalry between residents of Carbon and Emery Counties. Actually it makes me more of a fan of the new president, knowing he came from coal country.

Orem, UT

Nobody mentions the most important thing...(Whooosh Worthen!) works even better than Whooosh Cecil! Go Cougs!

Wasatch Front, UT

PRICELESS photo of Pres. Worthen at the top of this article (the pic of the coed taking a "selfie" photo with him).

His face has a look of sheer (internal) terror! Or like a deer in the headlights!! haha

He's probably thinking something like, "Oh my HECK! Is this appropriate for the President of BYU to be posing for 'selfies' with a BYU coed leaning-in so close?!?! Or am I making the biggest mistake of my life on the first day on the job here??" 8=]

Funny!! Great article!

Richland, WA

The fact that he worked two summers in a coal mine shows that he knows what blue collar life is about. His selection as clerk for a justice of the Supreme Court shows that he is at the top among hs peers in the legal profession.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

President Worthen is:
•and Reverent.

Upstate, NY


The fact that he is so caring and so charitable leads me to think he must be very conservative. Liberals don't believe in charity. They want government to take over that role. They believe in taxes and government control, not charity.

Provo, UT

If put to a vote at BYU, President Worthen would have been chosen by acclamation. Thankfully for us he received the only vote that matters. We are blessed!

Layton, UT

I have known the Worthens for many many years. His dad was my mentor and friend and Kevin was close friends with my older siblings. I will say this. The entire family, Dad,Mom, brother, sisters are some of the most remarkable people you will ever meet.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

Great man! What a good thing for BYU to have President Worthen. I look forward to listening to him myself in the future.

G L W8

Vangroovin, I also picked up on the brief mention in the article that Worthen wants to remain in the classroom. If every administrator, staff member, or parent of our school-age children would try to do the same—even volunteer or substitute in a classroom frequently—we’d see a lot of our educational challenges resolved.
Third Barker—was Worthen every a scout? The article seems to cover that he learned and obeys the scout oath and law, as you indicate in your comment.
To all political pundits commenting: what I concluded above about educational challenges also applies to politicians. What political party or ideology they espouse makes little or no difference if they remove themselves too far from charity and the people’s interests. The coupling of knowledge with charity as reviewed in the article, is profoundly significant.

Hillsboro, OR

My wife and I knew him well when we lived in Provo a few years ago. He is an incredible person who I admire completely. He will do a fantastic job as the President of BYU.

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