Cecil O. Samuelson

Cecil O. Samuelson

Cecil O. Samuelson

Cecil Osborn Samuelson, Jr. (born August 1, 1941) is the 12th and current president of Brigham Young University (BYU) and has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1994. Prior to holding these positions, Samuelson had worked as a professor of medicine and later dean of the school of medicine at the University of Utah, and senior vice president of Intermountain Health Care.

Samuelson served as a full-time LDS Church missionary to Scotland as a youth and has continued church service in his adulthoodóbeing appointed to the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1994, and also serving as an Area President, as one of the seven presidents of the Seventy, and as the general president of the church's Sunday School organization.

While serving in the LDS North America West Area Presidency, Samuelson was a signatory to a May 11, 1999 letter to all adult congregants in California in advance of voting on Proposition 22. The letter advised LDS members in California to "do all you can by donating your means and time to assure a successful vote."

President Samuelson began his administration as President of BYU with a call for the faculty to "raise the bar" in their expectations of students. He also initiated a revamping of Student Housing to allow it to better augment the goals of the university. President Samuelson gave a talk in September 2007 to BYU students on the theme "The Year of the Constitution". In his talk he stated that the Constitution of the United States is not complete yet, and must be altered to adapt to a changing world. He also stated, in agreement with the doctrine of LDS Church, that the Constitution is a divinely inspired document.

He holds a bachelors, a master's degree, and an M.D. from the University of Utah and completed his residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.