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He is currently serving as an Area Seventy for the LDS Church. He and his wife, Peggy Sealey Worthen, have three children and one grandchild.

Peggy Sealey Worthen said during a press briefing that she’s glad to be there for her husband in his new role.


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Tuition at Brigham Young University

Per-semester tuition for students who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, followed by tuition for non-members. Students and families of students who are tithe-paying members are considered to have already supported BYU’s operations.

2012-13 $2,355 $4,710

2013-14 $2,425 $4,850

2014-15 $2,500 $5,000

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"I don’t think growing up as a non-LDS person here in Utah," Worthen joked, "she envisioned at some point she’d be in the position she’s in now."

Samuelson’s leadership » Before Samuelson was elevated to president in 2003, he also served as a dean, though he led of the University of Utah’s School of Medicine. He was also as a senior vice president for Intermountain Health Care.

Samuelson was called to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the LDS Church in 1994, and was granted General Authority emeritus status in 2011.

"President Samuelson has served this institution with great distinction and it is important for the faculty, staff, students and supporters of this university to know that the First Presidency, Quorum of 12 and Board of Education unanimously recognize the great work and devotion of President Cecil O. Samuelson to this university," Eyring said. "Truly his leadership and influence for good cannot be measured."

Carri Jenkins, a spokeswoman for BYU, said the church’s decision to replace Samuelson was not based on any dissatisfaction. She said, simply, "His service is complete."

She noted that most of his predecessors served for about nine or 10 years — a length Samuelson has already surpassed.

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