BYU Officially Inaugurates New President

BYU Officially Inaugurates New President

Save Story

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

(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.

BYU Officially Inaugurates New President

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.

BYU Officially Inaugurates New President

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.

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics



Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast