W. Rolfe Kerr

Education

W. Rolfe Kerr (1935-)

was born and raised in Tremonton, Utah. He graduated from Bear River High School, where he served as student body president. After serving an LDS Church mission to Great Britain, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, where again he was student body president and quarterback of the football team. After two years service as an officer in the United States Army, he received a master’s degree from USU and his Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

In 1976, he became the 12th President of Dixie College. During his tenure at Dixie, the Cooperative Education work program was installed and a new Trade & Industries building was built and dedicated. His dream in 1977 of an educational, cultural and recreational facility for the area became a reality 10 years later in the form of the new Dixie Center. President Kerr was known for his keen understanding of the human race and his leadership by cooperation. He has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees form the University of Utah, USU, Utah Valley State College and Dixie College. He is a former commissioner of higher education, executive vice president of Brigham Young University, assistant to the president at USU, associate dean of students at the University of Utah, dean of men at Weber State University, and coordinator of student government at USU.

During his service as Utah commissioner of higher education, he was elected to serve as chairman of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education and as national president of the organization of State Higher Education Executive Officers. He received the 1993 Administrator of the Year Award from BYU’s Institute of Public Management. He was sustained as a General Authority of the LDS Church on April 6, 1996, as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He married Janeil Raybould of Rexburg, Idaho, in 1960. They are the parents of six children.