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Governance

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Church Board of Education
First Presidency of the LDS Church

The highest administrative level for Brigham Young University - Idaho is the LDS Church Board of Education.  BYU-Idaho is one of four higher education institutions which are included in the LDS Church Educational System. These are governed individually through a Board of Trustees.  Each Board is made up of the same nine members: the First Presidency of the LDS Church, three members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (rotated through assignment), a member of the Seventy (rotated through assignment), the general Relief Society President and the general Young Women President.  Presentations about university strategy, and issues are made during meetings of the Board of Trustees for BYU-I[1]

"It's an interesting relationship. The Board of Trustees is passionate about education and deeply concerned about the direction, focus, and progress of the university. They also have a great deal of experience with the university and are very knowledgeable about it. They care about it.  

But they also extend to us a significant degree of responsibility to move the university forward in the way the Lord directs. It's a combination of intense and passionate engagement coupled with significant delegation of responsibility. We have a clear understanding of the Board's policies, and we operate within the framework they establish." 

President Clark
Summit Magazine, Spring 2006[2]

University Councils

President's Executive Group (PEG) - At the university-level, BYU-Idaho is governed through an administrative body called the President's Executive Group (PEG) which meets weekly to discuss and "oversee long-term strategic planning for the university".[3]  It is composed of administrative leaders including the President, Assistant to the President, and four Vice Presidents representing Academics, Student Services & Activities, University Resources, and Advancement.[4]

President's Council (PC) - Another governing body called the President's Council (PC) also meets frequently to oversee the affairs of the university and discuss solutions and concerns.  Members of the PC include the President, three vice presidents from Academics, Student Services & Activities, and University Resources; Assistant to the president; the President's

Executive Group; and other representatives as necessary.[5]

Information Technology and Office of the CIO

Barbara White, Interim Chief Information Officer at BYU-Idaho, reports to the President.  The Office of the CIO provides leadership to strengthen and improve BYU-Idaho's Information Technology.  Working closely with other university leaders, the CIO works to provide a mission, vision, and initiatives within I.T.[6]  Add a little more to this? The CIO meets weekly with the portfolio managing directors and solution architects in ITC (Information Technology Council) to discuss initiatives, and long-term strategic planning for I.T. and individual portfolios.  Representatives from Information Technology also participate in several advisory committees as noted below.

Advisory Committees

Computer Technology Council - Includes representatives from IT as well as physical facilities, financial services, bookstore, etc. who meet and discuss certain aspects of campus in relation to computers.  "The [CTC] helps the University make technology-related policy decisions.  The council reviews technology issues and special requests for technology.  It also helps with IT strategies and major IT decisions".[7]

ITC Inform Tech Council - It includes the Interim CIO, Managing Directors and Solution Architects for central IT organization.  Committee responsibility includes management and planning for core infrastructure, portfolios, security, policy and standards.

Information Privacy Council -The Privacy Council tries to meet every two months.  It also includes member from I.T., including our security officer.

Risk Management - This committee meets about once every six-weeks.  It is led by an internal auditor and contains members from Information Technology, including our security officer.

Web Strategy Council - "This council is charged with the responsibility of defining and overseeing a web strategy that articulates how BYU-Idaho will use standard, portal, and mobile technologies for academic, administrative, and communication purposes.  The strategies developed by the new council should define how these technologies can be used effectively to serve students, faculty, and employees of the university".[8]


[1] Information taken with permission from Griffiths, C. P. (2012) The church educational system: A conversation with Roger G. Christensen. The Religious Educator, 13(2).

[2] http://www.byui.edu/upward/archive/summit/coverstoryhtm

[3] http://www2.byui.edu/TerminologyGuide/termsP.htm

[4] http://www2.byui.edu/Information/Councils.htm

[5] http://www2.byui.edu/TerminologyGuide/termsP.htm

[6] https://employment.byui.net/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1376431533779

[7] http://www.byui.edu/student-representative-council/administrative-councils

[8] http://www.byui.edu/student-representative-council/administrative-councils