C. Shane Reese will be installed as BYU’s 14th president during a devotional assembly on Tuesday, September 19, at 11 a.m., in the BYU Marriott Center.
The inauguration will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYU Radio, Classical 89 KBYU-FM and byutv.org.
Reese succeeds Kevin J Worthen, who served as BYU president for nine years and will be serving as a distinguished visiting professor of law at Yale Law School during the 2023–24 academic year.
While Reese officially began his tenure as president of the university on May 1, 2023, the inauguration is a chance for the greater campus community to come together to celebrate this important milestone at BYU.
In announcing the appointment of Reese in a March BYU devotional, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said, "We are also so pleased with this new assignment for President Reese. The Lord has prepared him in profound ways. He has the confidence and trust of the Church Board of Education to lead BYU at this critical time."
Reese had been serving as the academic vice president at BYU since 2019. He previously served as dean of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences from 2017-2019 and joined the BYU statistics faculty in 2001.
During Reese’s tenure at BYU he has demonstrated excellence in all aspects of BYU’s mission. His research has centered on Bayesian hierarchical models and Bayesian optimal experimental designs. He has taught courses ranging from large section introductory statistics to graduate level hierarchical modelling.
As President, he has emphasized BYU’s commitment to inspiring teaching and scholarship and to creating a supportive community where students can reach their full potential. “It’s our mission to provide a BYU experience that is spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging and character building, which when combined into one prepares our students for lifelong learning and service.”
Reese joined the BYU statistics faculty in 2001. He received BYU’s Young Scholar Award in 2004 and the BYU Karl G. Maser Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. Reese was the Melvin W. Carter Professor of Statistics from 2012-2017. Prior to entering academia, he worked in the Computer, Computational and Statistical Sciences Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Reese earned a doctoral degree in statistics from Texas A&M University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in statistics from BYU.