Letter from the President


                                                                                                              President Kim B. Clark  

Dear Alumni and Friends,


It is a tremendous honor for Sue and me to join the Brigham Young University–Idaho family. In the short time we have been on campus, we have experienced the warmth and goodness that make this university special. We firmly attest that the “Spirit of Ricks” is alive and well at BYU–Idaho.


Serving in this part of God’s kingdom is a marvelous opportunity. Since President Gordon B. Hinckley’s inspired announcement in 2000 that Ricks College would become BYU–Idaho, miraculous changes have taken place. In just a few years, the foundation of an outstanding university has been laid. But great work still lies ahead.


Our students remain at the center of those efforts. BYU–Idaho is on a divinely appointed mission to bless the lives of as many young people as possible by providing them a quality education. At this university we blend spiritual enlightenment with temporal knowledge to produce graduates who are disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ and leaders in the home, the Church, and the workplace.


It is a process the Lord explained to the Prophet Joseph Smith in Section 97 of the Doctrine and Covenants. “I, the Lord, am well pleased that there should be a school in Zion,” the Savior said of the Saints’ early educational endeavors. “For I, the Lord, will cause them to bring forth as a very fruitful tree which is planted in a goodly land, by a pure stream, that yieldeth much precious fruit” (D&C 97:3, 9).


That is the Lord’s promise to us. BYU–Idaho is here because it is His will that it be here. We have been planted in a goodly land. If we work together diligently, we will bring forth much precious fruit and will truly establish a school in Zion.


In this edition of Summit Magazine, you will get an up-close look at the exciting work moving forward at BYU–Idaho. You will see how faculty and students are working together in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to rethink education. You will also learn about ways you can personally help support the efforts at BYU–Idaho—and much more. I invite you to review the magazine and hope you find it informative and enjoyable.


If you would like to stay up to date on important changes and developments at BYU–Idaho, I encourage you to visit us often via the Internet at www.byui.edu.


Thank you for your interest in and support of BYU–Idaho.


Best regards,


Kim B. Clark

President, Brigham Young University–Idaho