Alumnus, Ph.D. Educational Administration
W. Rolfe Kerr was born in Tremonton, Utah and graduated with B.S. and M.S. degrees from Utah State University and a PhD degree from the University of Utah. As an undergraduate at Utah State University, he served as student body president and quarterback of the football team. He received the Outstanding Male Graduate Award and the Joe E. Whitesides Outstanding Athlete Award.
Dr. Kerr was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley State College, and Dixie College. He has made significant contributions to both public and private education, having served as Commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education and Commissioner of Education for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as President of Dixie College, Executive Vice President of Brigham Young University, Assistant to the President at Utah State University, Associate Dean of Students and Special Assistant to the President at the University of Utah, Dean of Men at Weber State University, and Coordinator of Student Government at Utah State University.
Dr. Kerr is an Emeritus General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served as a General Authority from 1996 to 2008. During that time he served as president of the Europe West Area and in the presidency of the Europe North Area, the North America Northwest Area, and the Utah South Area. He also served in several other General Authority assignments, including his service as Commissioner of the Church Educational System from 2005 to 2008. He served as the President of the Logan Utah Temple and has been a mission president, stake president, and a member of the Sunday School General Board.
Dr. Kerr met his wife, Janeil Raybould, at Utah State after she graduated from Ricks College. They were married in the Logan Utah Temple and are the parents of six children and currently have fourteen grandchildren.