Inauguration of BYU President Kevin J. Worthen

BYU President Worthen. Image via

This morning, Kevin J. Worthen was  inaugurated as the new president of Brigham Young University. President Worthen is now the 13th president of BYU and served as BYU’s advancement vice president.

President Worthen officially began his tenure on May 1st, 2014, as he succeeded Dr. Cecil O. Samuelson who worked as the president of BYU for 11 years.

Henry B. Eyring, first counselor of the First Presidency in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as the First Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, installed President Worthen and spoke during the inauguration.

A few facts have been published by BYU concerning the inauguration that include some unique points about the inauguration process, the history of inaugurations, how his wife presented him with the medallion, and about President Worthen himself. They are divided into four categories, including:

  1. Inauguration is a Celebration with a Long History
  2. Who’s Who on the Stand
  3. You Can Learn A Lot from Colors and Symbols
  4. Look for the Golden Y

According to BYU News, BYU’s Associate International Vice President, Erlend Peterson remarked concerning the event,

It’s a simple ceremony, it’s almost like a marriage—you just say a few words that make it binding. But it’s probably the most significant event at BYU of the decade.

Natalie New is a writer and intern for and a current English student at BYU-Idaho. She was born and raised in an LDS home and has attending two Mormon universities up to this point. Natalie has also held a variety of Church callings and has had unique experiences, giving her a unique outlook on life. You can contact Natalie via email.