Keith Vorkink appointed BYU advancement vice president

Will replace Matthew O. Richardson who is leaving to serve as the mission president of the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission

PROVO, Utah – Mar 24, 2020 – Brigham Young University President Kevin J Worthen announced last week, following approval from the BYU Board of Trustees, that Keith Vorkink will become the university’s new advancement vice president effective May 18, 2020. Vorkink, who is currently an associate dean in the BYU Marriott School of Business, replaces Matthew O. Richardson, who has been called to serve as a mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In his new position, Vorkink will oversee Athletics, Alumni and External Relations, BYU Broadcasting, Philanthropies at BYU and University Communications.

“As a nationally recognized scholar in business, Keith is well qualified to direct our Advancement areas,” said Worthen. “He has been involved in leading BYU Marriott’s National Advisory Council, working with hundreds of business leaders to advance the school’s mission. Additionally, he is known for student-centric work throughout his career, magnifying our inspiring learning initiatives in his teaching, research and leadership.”

A lesser-known fact about Vorkink , Worthen added, is that he played on the basketball team for Snow College.

Richardson has been serving as the advancement vice president since 2014. “Matt came to this position with a rich understanding of BYU’s mission and a great love for our students. He and his wife Lisa have attended countless athletic and other campus events and have provided support, encouragement and mentoring to hundreds of students,” Worthen said. “Matt has also been instrumental in our philanthropy efforts, most recently in leading our inspiring learning initiative. His profound impact on BYU will be felt for years to come.”

Vorkink is the Douglas & Effie Driggs Distinguished Professor of Finance. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from BYU and master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of Rochester.

He has held faculty positions in the finance departments at Bryant College and at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. His research focus has been in the intersection of behavioral economics and asset pricing.

Vorkink, who has earned multiple research awards in the BYU Department of Finance, was honored with the top research award in the BYU Marriott School of Business in 2005. He was awarded BYU’s Young Scholar Award in 2007 and a teaching excellence award from BYU Marriott in 2012.

Keith Vorkink
Keith Vorkink. Photo by Brad Slade.

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