Just one month after leaving the president’s office, Kevin J Worthen has been named as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and the first BYU Wheatley Institute Distinguished Fellow in Constitutional Government.
The Worthens will be moving to New Haven, Connecticut, this fall where BYU’s 13th president will be the Michael Doyle ’62 and Bunny Winter Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and a Senior Research Scholar during the 2023-24 academic year.
In announcing the creation of the visiting professorship in 2022, which brings in faculty from a wide range of perspectives, the Yale Law School explained that its purpose was to “train the next generation of leaders to take part in discourse across political divides and to include voices from across the intellectual spectrum … all with an eye to enlarge our community’s intellectual horizons.”
President Worthen’s appointment as the first Wheatley Institute Distinguished Fellow in Constitutional Government recognizes his accomplishments as a scholar and thought leader, said Wheatley Institute Director Paul Edwards. It also recognizes his potential to provide critical thought leadership within the Wheatley Institute’s constitutional government initiative.
“In this role, President Worthen will be an ambassador for the ideals of the Wheatley Institute in our community, across our nation and throughout the world as he continues to develop networks of scholarly friendship and influence with jurists, policymakers and academic peers,” said Edwards. “We are honored to have President Worthen share his unparalleled learning, experience and wisdom as the Wheatley Institute advances research that fortifies the rule of law and constitutionalism.”
President Worthen continues to hold the Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law position at BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.