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Michael K. Young


Education
Degree/Year Major/Institution
B.A./1973Political Science and Japanese/Brigham Young University
J.D./1976Law/Harvard Law School
Academic and Professional Appointments
DatePosition, Institution
1978-98Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law, Columbia University
1989-91Deputy Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State
1991-93Deputy Under Secretary for Economic and Agricultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
1992-93Ambassador for Trade and Environmental Affairs, U.S. Department of State
1998-2004Dean and Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence, George Washington University Law School
1999-presentMember, Vice Chair or Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
2004-presentPresident, University of Utah

It's not every day that the president of the University of Utah is a graduate of BYU or an expert in Japanese law.

That said, it definitely wasn't just another day when Michael K. Young, complete with those credentials, became the 14th president of the University of Utah in August 2004. From working with President George Bush and Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, to helping negotiate German reunification, Young brought a world of experience and insight to the U.

Here's the rest of the story on the U.'s president.

Prior to his arrival on this campus, he was Dean and Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at the George Washington University Law School (1998-2004). From 1978 to 1998, he was the Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law and Legal Institutions and Director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies, as well as the Director of the Project on Religion, Human Rights, and Religious Freedom, at Columbia University. He has been a Visiting Professor and Scholar at the law faculties of the University of Tokyo, Waseda University, and Nihon University.

Young served as a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which he has chaired on two occasions. He was also appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to the Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission.

He is a member of the Committee on International Judicial Relations of the Judicial Conference of the United States, as well as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

During the administration of President George Bush, President Young served as Ambassador for Trade and Environmental Affairs (1992-93), Deputy Under Secretary for Economic and Agricultural Affairs (1991-93), and Deputy Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State (1989-91). During the October 1977 Term, he also served as a law clerk to the Honorable William H. Rehnquist, then Associate, now Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Young is a 1973 graduate of Brigham Young University. He received his J.D. from the Harvard Law School in 1976, where he served as Note Editor on the Harvard Law Review.

He and his wife, Suzan, who is a registered nurse, have been married for 32 years. They have three children.

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