Few jobs in academia are as demanding as serving as the leader of a major institution of higher learning. For the past seven years, Merrill J. Bateman has lived up to the task in exemplary fashion as president of Brigham Young University.
President Bateman will be remembered for guiding BYU through a period of constant improvement. The studentbody has grown significantly, yet strategically. A major expansion has taken place in campus building. Fundraising and long-term endowments are at record levels. With increasing frequency, the institution is recognized for academic excellence. Clearly, BYU has reached new highs under the leadership of Merrill J. Bateman.
Effective May 1, the presidency of BYU falls upon Dr. Cecil O. Samuelson, Jr.
Like President Bateman, Elder Samuelson is a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Additionally, he comes to the assignment with impressive professional and academic credentials. As a physician, an educator and an administrator, Elder Samuelson has demonstrated uncanny capacity to wisely guide people and institutions. BYU will be in good hands.
KSL compliments President Bateman for a job well done and welcomes President Samuelson amidst expectations of continued success for one of the premier private universities in the world.