Member of the Presidency of the Seventy to speak at BYU-Idaho's winter commencement

April 3, 2014

Writer: Marc Stevens

Elder Richard J. Maynes, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address 1,702 graduates at Brigham Young University-Idaho's winter commencement on Friday, April 11. The event will be held at 5:45 p.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center. 

The university will award 411 associate degrees and 1,308 bachelor's degrees. Of the graduates, 1,016 are females and 686 are males. About 45 percent have served as missionaries for the Church.

Elder Maynes was called to the Presidency of the Seventy in January 2012. He was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in March 2001, and served in the Second Quorum of the Seventy beginning in April 1997. Since 2008, Elder Maynes has served as the Executive Director of the Church's Family History Department. He has also served as an Assistant Executive Director of both the Priesthood and Missionary Departments, and as president of the Philippines and South America West Areas. 

Elder Maynes owned and was CEO of a company specializing in factory automation. He received a bachelor's degree in business management from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He and his wife, Nancy, have four children and nine grandchildren.

Graduates, parents, and guests can find more information about winter commencement events here.