PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Brigham Young University has selected a new president to take over for the man who has led the flagship Mormon school for more than a decade.
During a student devotional assembly at the Provo campus on Tuesday, a church leader announced that Kevin J Worthen has been appointed to the post. His term begins May 1.
Worthen is advancement vice president and former dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU, which is run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A native of Carbon County, Utah, Worthen has previously served as a clerk for Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court and is an expert in federal Indian law.
He has a bachelor's degree and a law degree from BYU.
Worthen will take over for President Cecil O. Samuelsen, a former professor, dean and vice president who was named to BYU's top post in 2003.
School officials said a search committee had looked internally and externally for a new president, and considered male and female candidates as well as hopefuls both inside and outside of academia.
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