Kevin J Worthen
Worthen is a native of Carbon County, Utah and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He served as an LDS missionary in Monterrey, Mexico. Worthen earned an associate's degree from the College of Eastern Utah where he served as co-captain of the varsity basketball team, and a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from BYU.
In 1982, Worthen graduated summa cum laude and first in his class from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. Following graduation, he clerked for Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and for Associate Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. He practiced law in Phoenix, Arizona from 1984 to 1987.
In 1987, returned to BYU as a member of the Law School faculty and served as dean of the Law School from 2004 to 2008. As a Fulbright Scholar, he also spent a year working as a visiting instructor in Chile. Worthen is a recognized expert in American Indian law, and his theories on cultural and ethnic assimilation are also widely repeated. Worthen was a 1995 contributor to Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, and in 2002, served as vice-chair of the Utah Constitution Revision Commission. While working for BYU, Worthen has served as faculty athletic representative to the NCAA for four years and as chair of the University Athletic Advisory Council from 1992 to 2000. He has also been the Hugh W. Colton professor at BYU.
Worthen has written articles on issues related to Native American law and marriage definition in law. He also wrote an article entitled The NCAA and Religion: Issues of non-state governance that was published in the Utah Law Review.
In June 2008, Worthen was appointed Advancement Vice President at BYU, with responsibility for university relations, communications, athletics, and philanthropies.
- Colorado Law :: Law Journals: The University of Colorado Law Review
- New dean appointed to law school
- Models of Assimilation and Diversity
- Worthen's NCAA related article
- Kevin J Worthen appointed Advancement VP at BYU
- LDS Church announcement of calls of General and Area leaders, April 2010
- "New Area Seventies", Church News Apr. 24, 2010.