Samuelson departs after proving he fit at BYU after all

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  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    May 2, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    I am a cyclist and I recognize easily the difference between "decline" and "plummet". It isn't about the height of the change but the distance over which the change occurs. Plummet is the correct descriptive.

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    May 2, 2014 6:25 a.m.

    I agree Whittingham has been very successful.

    However, this is about President Samuelson. He has done a very good job at BYU.

    Secret agents? Double agents? No. Both are agents of making things better.

  • ringger Provo, UT
    May 1, 2014 11:09 p.m.

    President Samuelson taught us to do fewer things better. For that I will always be grateful.

  • activ2004 Clearfield, UT
    May 1, 2014 9:34 p.m.

    So does Elder Samuelson's example mean that to gain more intelligence at a late stage in life you have to go to BYU and immerse yourself in learning new disciplines?

    I think now he has learned those disciplines he should go back to Zion and be the offensive coordinator for coach Whittingham!

  • TXAfghanVet Dallas, TX
    May 1, 2014 4:51 p.m.

    As an alum and the father of a BYU freshman (now a sophomore), I'm grateful for all that Pres. Samuelson has done for the University. Great job, all the best in your future endeavors.

    And to "Brave sir Robin" I respond, our secret agent Whittingham has been even more successful than your secret agent. Too fun. All the best to all of u up on the hill.

  • someyoyo Maple Grove, MN
    May 1, 2014 3:02 p.m.


    Sure, everything is relative, and a matter of perspective. My perspective on that word choice is that is has an unnecessary negative connotative meaning. But when taken in context, the lower enrollment is not necessarily a negative thing. Many of those would-be BYU enrollees are off serving missions for their faith. Hardly a negative, in my opinion.

    And if this indeed represents 'plummeting enrollment' to everyone except me, then I am betting on a 'meteoric rise' in enrollment in 18 mos to 2 years when they all come back. ;-)

  • AerilusMaximus Berryville, VA
    May 1, 2014 1:17 p.m.


    8 or 9 percent is not a plummet? You might need to look at the stock market more I guess.

    If 8 or 9 percent is just a slight decline then what is your definition of a plummet? Is 11% a plummet 12%, 13% am I getting warmer?

    Words have to be taken in context. Has BYU ever had a 8% or 9% drop in the student body in recent history? One might not be considered a plummet to one might be a plummet to another.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 1, 2014 10:54 a.m.

    Some of the comments are pretty funny.

    President Samuelson may have been the best ever in his role.

  • someyoyo Maple Grove, MN
    May 1, 2014 10:32 a.m.

    "Daytime enrollment hardly budged for the first 10 years of his administration, fluctuating between 32,679 and 33,427. Last fall it plummeted to 30,243, the result of an exodus to LDS missions by current students and would-be freshmen due to an unexpected reduction in the age requirements for missionaries."

    Since when was a change of 8-9% a "plummet?" Love it when journalists inject hyperbole to juice a story. I think it sounds more like a 'slight decline,' or a 'small reduction.' I could even live with a 'moderate dip.' But it 'plummeted?' Really?

  • Dr. S. Grapefruit Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2014 10:20 a.m.

    @slk: Lighten up! Or did you miss the wink? Dr. Grapefruit is just having a little fun and in no way means to disparage the accomplishments of this great man.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 1, 2014 9:29 a.m.

    Take a look at where BYU athletics were when Cecil Samuelson started there vs. where they are today...

    ...and to that we say well done, Secret Agent Samuelson.

    Your Utah family

  • Wrong again American Fork, UT
    May 1, 2014 8:36 a.m.

    I don't know who said the Life Sciences Building is slated for completion in the fall of this year, but those of us who are moving into the building have been informed that the contractors have until May 31 to complete the building. We have been told that we will be moving in on Monday, June 2. That is still spring on my calendar

  • slk Phoenix, AZ
    May 1, 2014 8:12 a.m.

    Isn't it interesting that instead of recognizing all the good this man has done, Dr. Grapefruit plays the role of "pickle-sucker" role based on something he heard "on good authority."

  • Dr. S. Grapefruit Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    That's all well and good, but I have it on good authority from a member of the extended Samuelson family (who are fervent Ute fans) that there is great relief that the "family shame" has finally come to an end! ;)

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2014 7:50 a.m.

    Welcome back to Utah Samuelson. You'll love it even more now than you did before!