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(KSL News) -- A new era of leadership has officially begun at Brigham Young University. Cecil O. Samuelson was officially inaugurated today as the new president of BYU.
President Samuelson took over as BYU's president back in May, but after today's inauguaration ceremony it's considered to be official. Cecil Samuelson becomes the 12th president of BYU in the school's 128 year history.
Samuelson is a former dean of the University of Utah Medical School, he was also president of Intermountain Health Care in the early 1990's.
He has been a general authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns BYU, for the last nine years.
Samuelson was formally installed by church President Gordon B. Hinckley this morning, as thousands of BYU students and faculty crowded the Marriott Center.
President Samuelson says he will focus his administration on keeping the legacy of learning at BYU and will give special attention to helping students at the school to succeed.
Samuelson replaces Merrill J. Bateman, who was BYU's president over the last seven years.