Kevin Worthen Staff Bio | BYU President

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  • BYU president (2014-present)
  • Former advancement vice president
  • Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law


  • B.A. in political science, BYU
  • J.D., BYU

Prior To BYU

  • Practiced law in Arizona
  • Joined BYU law school faculty in 1987
  • Dean of law school until 2004
  • Area Seventy for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Dragerton, Utah


Mexico, Monterrey


  • Married to Peggy
  • Has two sons, one daughter


Kevin J Worthen is Advancement Vice President and Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law at Brigham Young University.  He was born in Dragerton (now East Carbon City), Utah and reared in nearby Price.  After serving in the Mexico, Monterrey mission, he earned an associate degree at the College of Eastern Utah, where he was co-captain of the basketball team and co-valedictorian.  He then received his B.A. in political science and his J.D. from BYU.

Following graduation from the BYU Law School, Vice President Worthen served as a law clerk to Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Following three years of private practice with the law firm of Jennings, Strouss, and Salmon in Phoenix, Arizona, Vice President Worthen joined the law school faculty at BYU in 1987. In 1994, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Chile Law School in Santiago.  Vice President Worthen served as Dean of the Law School from 2004 until his appointment as Advancement Vice President in the summer of 2008.

In the Church, Vice President Worthen currently serves as an Area Seventy. He and his wife, Peggy, have been married thirty-four years and are the parents of two sons, one daughter, and their first grandchild was born this summer.