I teach at BYU but know Pres. Worthen mainly from regional Church meetings.
I've always been struck by his gentleness, goodness, and intelligence. By
the way, I'm not the Bruce who commented earlier, and though a Democrat
(more or less) myself, I find a bit bizarre both the comments imagining Pres.
Worthen's political affiliation and those slamming Democrats. I've
known General Authorities of the Democratic inclination, and they certainly
don't fit the negative stereotype. I know both liberals and conservatives,
Democrats and Republicans and independents, who are profoundly wise and
compassionate. As Dallin H. Oaks once said, "Those who govern their thoughts
and actions solely by the principles of liberalism or conservatism or
intellectualism cannot be expected to agree with all of the teachings of the
gospel of Jesus Christ. As for me, I find some wisdom in liberalism, some wisdom
in conservatism, and much truth in intellectualism--but I find no salvation in
any of them" ("Criticism," Ensign, Feb 1987, 68ff.).
I had the distinct pleasure of being a student under President Worthen while he
was teaching Contracts at BYU Law School. I am grateful that I was able to
learn from him in that capacity, but even more so on a personal level as he
showed that he cared about the students as human beings. I can't applaud
the university enough for selecting such a fine man to serve as its president.
Being kind sometimes means telling someone no as in "no, my dear, you cannot
be ordained into the priesthood. That is reserved by Heavenly Father for us weak
males. You have a greater and more important job to do. You will be a wife and
mother and raise Heavenly Fathers children in righteousness. That is much more
important. To do it well will demand all your time and even more."
New BYU President seems capable enough and enjoys being with the students. I
noticed the same when President Samuelson came to a tailgate meet and greet at
the BYU vs USC football game during his first fall as the chief administrator.
Really loved President Samuelson. Wish him all the best.
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.
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
Great man! What a good thing for BYU to have President Worthen. I look forward
to listening to him myself in the future.
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.
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
Bruce, 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.
President Worthen is:•Trustworthy, •Loyal, •Helpful, •Friendly, •Courteous, •Kind, •Obedient, •Cheerful, •Thrifty, •Brave, •Clean, •and
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.
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!! hahaHe'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!
Nobody mentions the most important thing...(Whooosh Worthen!) works even better
than Whooosh Cecil! Go Cougs!
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
A wonderful man. He'll make another great president for BYU.
Good for BYU. This man seems to be a moderate Republican or quite possibly a