Richard Osguthorpe Will Be New Dean of McKay School

BYU Alum Brings Leadership, Experience in Moral Foundations of Education to New Position


Richard Osguthorpe has been named dean of the David O. McKay School of Education. He will begin his tenure on July 1, replacing Mary Anne Prater, who retires this year after 20 years of service to the McKay School, including eight years as dean.

Osguthorpe has been a professor in the Department of Teacher Education and the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES) at BYU since 2019.

Richard Osguthorpe
Richard Osguthorpe

“Rich’s leadership traits of thoughtful perspective on the moral foundations of education and a desire to help colleagues succeed will be a blessing to the McKay School,” said Brigham Young University Academic Vice President C. Shane Reese.

Osguthorpe takes over a school that has grown in significant ways during Prater’s tenure, Reese added.

“Her diligent efforts during her time at the university are an example of a dedicated servant leader," Reese said. "I am sure her influence on the lives of many will be felt for years to come.”

Osguthorpe received a bachelor’s degree from BYU and both master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan in educational foundations and policy. His scholarly research has focused on the moral work of teaching and teacher education.

Prior to teaching at BYU, Osguthorpe was a professor, department chair, and dean of the College of Education at Boise State University. While there, he received the Administrator of the Year award from the Association of Office Professionals for both the university and the state of Idaho.

Aaron Sorenson