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Brigham Young University. Office of the President



  • Existence: 1903-

Administrative History

The Office of the President (est. 1903) is the central administrative body at Brigham Young University, and is the direction of the university president.

Brigham Young University has had a president since Brigham Young Academy was changed to Brigham Young University in 1903. While the school was still called Brigham Young Academy the head officer was titled principal.

The Board of Trustees delegates to the university president the responsibility to conduct the operations of the institution and administer the policies enacted by the board. Since 1996, the president of the university has also been a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Past and present Brigham Young University presidents include George H. Brimhall (1903-1921), Franklin S. Harris (1921-1945), Howard S. McDonald (1945-1949), (acting president) Christian Jensen (1949-1951), Ernest L. Wilkinson (1951-1971), Dallin H. Oaks (1971-1980), Jeffrey R. Holland (1980-1989), Rex E. Lee (1989-1995), Merrill J. Bateman (1996-2003), Cecil O. Samuelson (2003-2014), Kevin J. Worthen (2014-2023), and C. Shane Reese (2023- ).

Office of the President essays, circa 1985-1986

Brigham Young University, L. Tom Perry Special Collections worksheet, Feb. 4, 2010 (Office of the President; administrative office associated with the president of Brigham Young University)

Brigham Young University Web site, Feb. 4, 2010 (Office of the President; President's Office)

BYU Organizational History, Brigham Young University, Feb. 19, 2013 (BYU chief executive/general manager; University President 1903; BYA to BYU; Board of Trustees delegate responsibilities to University President; 1996 General Authority; past/present presidents George H. Brimhall (1903-1921), Franklin S. Harris (1921-1945), Howard S. McDonald (1945-1949), (acting president) Christian Jensen (1949-1951), Ernest L. Wilkinson (1951-1971), Dallin H. Oaks (1971-1980), Jeffrey R. Holland (1980-1989), Rex E. Lee (1989-1995), Merrill J. Bateman (1996-2003), and Cecil O. Samuelson (2003- ))

Found in 1064 Collections and/or Records:

L. Lee Bartlett collection of Office of the President records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5601
Scope and Contents Contains the e-mails written to and the responses from the Brigham Young University President's Page. Started in 2000, the President's Page was an opportunity for students, community members, and alumni to have more direct contact with the President of Brigham Young University. The materials include e-mails from Presidents Merrill J. Bateman (President from 1996-2003) and Cecil O. Samuelson (President from 2003-). The e-mails include a wide range of subjects including thank you...
Dates: 2000-2006

Beesley, Kenneth

 Fonds — Box 26: Series 7 [Barcode: 31197233266342], Folder: 7
Identifier: UA 1085 Series 7 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents From the Series: Contains materials related to President Oaks' ecclesiastical responsibilities in the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints. These materials include correspondence between members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Presiding Authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about the status of the wards and stakes level of organization attached to Brigham Young University. Correspondence covers different aspects of Mormon life at Brigham Young University, with leadership...
Dates: 1971-1972

Board of Trustees minutes, 2002 January-June

Identifier: UA 1073 Series 2 Sub-Series 7 Sub-Series 19
Scope and Contents

Contains materials related to the university's Board of Trustees. Materials date from between January and June 2002.

Dates: 2002 January-June

Board of Trustees minutes and agendas, 1996-2001

Identifier: UA 1073 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains minutes and agendas from Board of Trustees meetings.

Dates: 1996-2001

Brigham Young University records on accreditation and community relations, 1996-2001

 Series — Carton 94: Series 5; Series 7 [Barcode: 31197232585155], Folder: 1-10
Identifier: UA 1073 Series 7
Scope and Contents

Contains information on the accreditation of Brigham Young University in 1996 and files on community relations with Provo City.

Dates: 1996-2001

Brigham Young University salaries, budget, and finances

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231033975]
Identifier: UA 120
Scope and Contents

Includes enrollment records and financial reports, and discussion and dissent about faculty salaries during the tenure of president Franklin Harris.

Dates: 1939-1943

George H. Brimhall papers

Identifier: UA 1092
Scope and Contents Consists primarily of correspondences that document the administration of Brigham Young University during George H. Brimhall's presidency. Also contains the reports, receipts, notes, financial records, photographs, poetry, funeral transcripts and programs, teaching and membership certificates, contracts and certificates of appointment, genealogy, missionary papers, minutes, lists of officers, handbooks, blessings, testimonials, bound editions of addresses and sermonettes given by Brimhall,...
Dates: 1863-1954

Collection on George H. Brimhall, 1874-1932

Identifier: UA 1092 Series 22
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, diaries, speeches, and other materials produced or collected by Brimhall between 1874 and 1932. Includes information on the university and seminary program, as well as materials related to religious instruction.

Dates: 1874-1932

Credit union

 Sub-Series — Box 148: Series 5; Series 7 [Barcode: 31197233268165], Folder: 3
Identifier: UA 1085 Series 5 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents From the Series: Contains materials related to the auxiliary services of, or operated by Brigham Young University. These services include food and dining, housing, and grounds keeping on or around Brigham Young University. The materials related to these areas include yearly memos and correspondence. Materials related to the operation of the Brigham Young University Bookstore and KBYU television station are also included. These include memos, correspondence, and, in the case of KBYU, materials related to...
Dates: 1976-1977

Ernest L. Wilkinson biographical sketches, 1954-1978

Identifier: UA 1000 Series 2 Sub-Series 10
Scope and Contents

Contains biographical sketches on prominent leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials date from between 1954 and 1978.

Dates: 1954-1978