William Rolfe Kerr
(born 29 June 1935
) is the fifteenth Commissioner of Church Education
and an emeritus general authority
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(LDS Church). Kerr was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy
on April 6
and then to the First Quorum of the Seventy
on April 5
. He was released from the First Quorum of the Seventy on October 6
but remained as Commissioner of Church Education. He will be released as CES commissioner on August 1
Kerr made his career in the field of learning, in administrative positions at Utah State University (USU), Weber State College (now a university), the University of Utah, Dixie State College of Utah (where he was president), and Brigham Young University. He was commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education when called as president of the Texas Dallas Mission in 1993.
Kerr was born in Tremonton, Utah and grew up on a farm. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from USU, intending to spend his life farming—until he was offered a position as coordinator of student activities at USU after his military service. He later received a master’s degree in marriage and family relations and a doctorate in education.
After serving in the British Mission, Kerr met Janeil Raybold at USU. They were married 15 September 1960 in the Logan Utah Temple. The Kerrs had six children.
Kerr was a stake president and also served in bishoprics and on the Sunday School General Board. For two years in the 1960s, he was involved in helping organize the LDS Student Association.