Bruce Clark Hafen


Bruce Clark Hafen (1940-)

Bruce Clark Hafen was born in St. George, Utah, and graduated from Dixie College in 1960. After serving an LDS mission to Germany, he graduated from Brigham Young University, then from law school at the University of Utah. He practiced law in Salt Lake City from 1967-71, and became an assistant to President Dallin Oaks at BYU.

He was a charter member of the J. Reuben Clark Law School and, along with other assignments, spent the next 25 years as a law professor in the fields of family, education and constitutional law. From 1976-78, he was director of research and evaluation in the Correlation Department of the LDS Church. He was president of Ricks College from 1978-85, and Dean of the BYU Law School from 1985-89. From 1989-96, he served as provost at BYU and was president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities from 1982-85. He is widely published in prestigious law journals, and has served on the accrediting commission of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and since 1986, serves on the editorial board of First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life in New York City. In 1996, he was called to the LDS First Quorum of the Seventy and currently serves as president of the St. George Temple. Elder Hafen’s church writings have appeared frequently in the Ensign and other LDS periodicals. He has published three books – The Believing Heart; The Broken Heart; and The Belonging Heart. Bruce married Marie Kartchner in 1964, and they are the parents of seven children.