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Michael Kent Young (born November 4, 1949)[1] has been the 25th and current president of Texas A&M University since May 1, 2015. He previously served as president of the University of Washington from 2011 to 2015,[2][3] as president of the University of Utah from 2004 to 2011 and as dean of George Washington University Law School from 1998 to 2004.[4][5] He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations[6] and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation[7].

Michael K. Young
University of Washington President Michael Young recently speaking at a Council committee meeting, 2011-07 (9018396188).jpg
25th President of
Texas A&M University
Assumed office
May 1, 2015
Preceded byR. Bowen Loftin
31st President of the
University of Washington
In office
July 2011 – April 2015
Preceded byMark Emmert
Succeeded byAna Mari Cauce
14th President of the
University of Utah
In office
August 2004 – May 2011
Preceded byBernie Machen
Succeeded byDavid W. Pershing
Personal details
Born (1949-11-04) November 4, 1949 (age 69)
Sacramento, California
Spouse(s)Marti Young
Alma materBrigham Young University (B.A.)
Harvard University (J.D.)
ProfessionUniversity Administrator
Academic work



Young received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1973 and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1976, after which he clerked for Supreme Court Associate Justice William Rehnquist.[8]

His previous academic postings include Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law and Legal Institutions and Director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies at Columbia University and Dean and Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at the George Washington University School of Law.[4] He held several posts in the administration of President George H.W. Bush including Deputy Under Secretary for Economic and Agricultural Affairs, and Ambassador for Trade and Environmental Affairs in the Department of State. Among many other international agreements, Michael K. Young worked extensively on the treaties related to German unification, as well as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Uruguay Round negotiations leading to the World Trade Organization, and the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development[9]. Subsequently, Young served eight years on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom which he chaired on two separate occasions.[4][10]

He was president of the University of Utah from August 2004[4] to May 2011.[5]

He served as president of the New York Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1985 to 1989.[11] He married fellow BYU alumna Suzan Stewart and they are the parents of three children. They divorced in 2010.

On June 3, 2011, he married Marti Denkers (Young).[12] Young's relationship with Denkers was the subject of some controversy: Denkers was a student at the University of Utah during the time Young presided over it,[13] and she was formerly married to Steve Denkers, a member of the wealthy Eccles family that has given hundreds of millions of dollars to the University of Utah over the years.[14]

From 2011 to 2015 Young was the president of the University of Washington. On February 3, 2015, it was announced that Young would become president of Texas A&M University.[15] On May 1, 2015 he took over as president of the fourth-largest university in the United States and the largest university in Texas.[16][17]

Curriculum VitaeEdit



  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  2. ^ 'UW Regents pick Utah president as new UW leader', in The Seattle Times, April 25, 2011 [1]
  3. ^ 'U. of Utah Chief Is Pick to Be Next President of U. of Washington', in The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 25, 2011 [2]
  4. ^ a b c d "Michael K. Young". University of Utah. Retrieved 2009-12-26.
  5. ^ a b "Michael K. Young". University of Utah. Retrieved 2011-05-31.
  6. ^ "Council on Foreign Relations Roster". Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  7. ^ "About President Young". Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  8. ^ article on Young's appointment as President of the University of Utah
  9. ^ "About President Young". Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  10. ^ "Past Commissioners". United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. Retrieved 2009-12-26.
  11. ^ Tiffany, Scott, ed., City Saints: Mormons in the New York Metropolis. (New York: Nauvoo Books, 2004) p. 62
  12. ^ 'Incoming UW President Michael Young gets married', in The Seattle Times, June 7, 2011 [3]
  13. ^ "Michael Young Weds University Student and (Hopefully) Puts Personal Drama to Rest". Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  14. ^ Tribune, Brian Maffly The Salt Lake. "Michael Young: Former U. president remarries in Seattle". Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  15. ^ "Regents: Two-time university president expected to serve at helm of Texas A&M". February 3, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  16. ^ "Texas Higher Education Enrollments".
  17. ^ "Fall 2012 Executive Summary". Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  18. ^


  • Jon, Marmor (June 2011). "The Challenge of a Lifetime" (pdf). Columns Magazine: The University of Washington Alumni Magazine. Seattle, WA: The University of Washington Alumni Association. 30 (6): 24–27. Retrieved 17 April 2015.