General Authorities and General Officers

Elder Cecil O. Samuelson Jr.

First Quorum of the Seventy 1997-2011

Elder Cecil O. Samuelson was called to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 1, 1994. As of May 1, 2003, he presides as president of Brigham Young University. Previously, Elder Samuelson has served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, and as president of the Utah North Area, second counselor in the North America West Area presidency and president of the Europe North Area.

Elder Samuelson, a physician, is a Salt Lake City native and at the time of his call had been serving as senior vice president of Intermountain Health Care. He earlier was vice president for health sciences at the University of Utah after serving as professor of medicine and dean of the School of Medicine at the university. He holds a bachelor of science degree, a master’s degree in educational psychology, and a medical degree from the same university.

He has served the Church as a regional representative, stake president, stake high councilor, branch president and missionary. He has also served as a director, officer, or member of several national medical and hospital organizations.

He and his wife, Sharon Giauque Samuelson, have five children and twelve grandchildren.

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Full Name Cecil O. Samuelson


Place of Birth Salt Lake City, Utah, United States