Richard T. Wootton

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Richard T. Wootton was the second president of the Church College of Hawaii, which became Brigham Young University Hawaii in 1974. He was a faculty member and acting president for the 1958–1959 school year and served as president from 1959 to 1964 in new facilities. He was instrumental in getting the school accredited as a four-year liberal arts and teacher-training institution. In 1962 the college added a fifth year to the education program, which qualified students for the State of Hawaii Professional Certificate in Education. He also worked closely with the new Polynesian Cultural Center administration, which opened in October 1963.

Wootton was a professor of education at Arizona State University where he was the founder of Upward Bound. He was also a veteran of World War II and an oil company executive.

Wootton was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Helen, were the parents of six children. He passed away on November 2, 2010.