James R. Rasband

PROVO — BYU President Kevin J Worthen has appointed James R. Rasband as academic vice president. Rasband will replace Brent W. Webb, who will return to full-time teaching and research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Rasband, whose appointment is effective June 1, is currently the Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School. From 2009 to 2016, Rasband served as dean of the law school. Before becoming dean, he served as the associate academic vice president for faculty at BYU.

“Jim will be a superb academic vice president,” Worthen said in a statement. “He understands and values the unique mission and potential of BYU, and has a first-class mind and heart. He is a highly regarded scholar and an outstanding teacher.”

In making this announcement, Worthen also paid tribute to Webb and expressed appreciation for his years of service to the university, including more than six years as BYU’s academic vice president.

Rasband joined the law school faculty in 1995. His research and teaching has centered on public lands and natural resources law and policy.

A BYU alumnus who majored in English and Near Eastern studies, Rasband received his law degree from Harvard University in 1989. He served as a clerk to Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and practiced law at the Perkins Coie law firm in Seattle.