BYU has announced the new vice president of advancement, Matthew O. Richardson, who fills the vacancy left by Kevin J Worthen, who assumed his role as university president on May 1.
“Matt has excellent administrative experience and has earned the trust and respect of our board of trustees,” said President Worthen. “He understands, and is enthusiastic about, the mission of BYU. I look forward to working with him and know that he is the right person to lead our advancement team at this time.”
Richardson has been a valuable faculty member to the Religious Education Department at BYU since 1996. He served as associate dean of religious education from 2002 to 2006, earning considerable respect from students, who selected him to receive the Professor of Integrity award. He has also received BYU’s Circle of Honor Award and the Robert J. Matthews Teaching Award during his tenure.
As vice president, Richardson will oversee BYU Communications, BYU Broadcasting, Athletics, External Relations and Philanthropy.
He served as second counselor to the Sunday School general presidency for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2009 to April 2014.
Richardson will take over portions of his responsibilities immediately, while he finishes teaching spring term classes. He will fully transition into his position July 1.