This building was named after Gordon B. Hinckley, the 15th President of the Church. His portrait is featured at the main entrance and appropriately honors the leader of the Church who declared the announcement in June 2000 that Ricks College would become a four-year institution and be known as Brigham Young University–Idaho.
- The Hinckley building is similar to the Institute Building at the University of Utah and houses Institute classes on weeknights throughout the year.
- When they hung the painting of President Hinckley for the dedication of the building, the paint was not completely dry yet. After the dedication was over the Artist, Leon Parson, came back to add some final touches while the painting still hung on the wall.
- Parson didn’t know which tie he should use in the painting so he went out and bought one of his choice and gave it to the prophet as a gift when the building was dedicated.