REXBURG – Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brigham Young University-Idaho announced Henry J. Eyring has been named the new president of Brigham young University-Idaho. Church authorities have called current BYU-Idaho President Clark Gilbert to be the head of BYU Pathways Worldwide.
Eyring will assume his new position as the university’s 17th president on April 10, 2017, following the conclusion of the winter semester on April 7.
Henry J. Eyring was born on Sept. 19, 1963, to Henry B. Eyring and Kathleen Johnson Eyring. He received an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in geology in 1985 and later earned his MBA and JD degrees in 1989, also at BYU.
Eyring became director of BYU’s MBA program, where he remained until his call to serve as president of the Japan Tokyo Mission from 2003-2006. Eyring returned to Rexburg in 2006 when he began to work as the schools associate academic vice president. He later served as the school’s advancement vice president. In July 2015, Eyring became the BYU-Idaho academic vice president. In addition to his responsibilities at BYU-Idaho, he served on the board of directors for SkyWest Airlines and as an adjunct fellow of the Clayton Christensen Institute. Eyring has also authored several books.
“For generations, this campus has been a hologram in my family,” says Eyring. He says he feels grateful and blessed to have this calling with his wife, Kelly, and the support of their five children.
Pathways is a low-cost educational program, which currently has 37,000 students enrolled. Church officials say that number will increase greatly. The tuition varies as it is based off of the country’s average income.
According to The Deseret News, Gilbert left a Harvard Business School position in 2006 to help create the basis of the Pathway program at BYU-Idaho. He later became an associate academic vice president overseeing online teaching and Pathway.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf says, “He’s kind of the father of the Pathway program.”
Gilbert was CEO of Deseret News Publishing Company and Desert Digital Media. He graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and followed with a master’s degree in East Asian studies from Stanford and a doctoral degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School.
“It is a day of hope and encouragement across the church,” said Gilbert.
Gilbert was BYU-Idaho’s 16th president. He was called to this position in April 2015. Elder Dallin H. Oaks will announce the new president Tuesday afternoon at BYU-Idaho’s devotional.
Gilbert says the Pathway’s expansion will bless those who do not have the opportunity to attend one of BYU’s three campuses.
Gilbert credited his time and experiences in Rexburg as university president and a founder of the Pathways program. “It is not by accident that BYU Pathway is coming out of the institution it came from,” he said.