July 13, 2010
Writer: Writer: Ryan Kunz

Elder Richard G. Hinckley, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the Brigham Young University-Idaho Spring Commencement speaker on Friday, July 23. Commencement will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the John W. Hart Auditorium. This semester, 1,322 degrees will be awarded, a 22.75 percent increase over Spring 2009.

Elder Hinckley was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 2, 2005. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Utah and an MBA from Stanford University. He worked as a management consultant at Deloitte and Touche in Los Angeles, Calif., and as an equity partner in several small businesses. He served a full-time mission to central Germany, and he married his wife, Jane Freed, in 1967. They have four children and 11 grandchildren. He is also the son of late Church president Gordon B. Hinckley.

Elder Hinckley has served the Church in many areas, including as elders quorum president, bishop, high councilor, stake president, sealer in the Salt Lake Temple, and president of the Utah Salt Lake City Mission from 2001-2004.

Representing the Church Educational System (CES) during commencement will be Elder Paul V. Johnson, who has served as commissionser since 2008. Previous to being called as commissioner, he served as a member of the Chile Area Presidency and served as the CES administrator of religious, elementary and secondary education.

For more information, please visit www.byui.edu/graduation.