February 7, 2017
Writer: Mackenzie Holbrook
During a news conference President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor of in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced two changes for BYU-Idaho.
The BYU-Idaho Pathway program will be moved to Provo and expanded as BYU-Pathway Worldwide, and President Clark G. Gilbert of BYU-Idaho will go with it. This means BYU-Idaho will get a new president, after just two years with President Gilbert.
During the devotional, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church and the chair of the Church's executive committee for Church Education, announced that Academic Vice President at BYU-Idaho Henry J. Eyring will take President Gilbert's spot to lead the university as the 17th president.
"This campus now for generations has been hallowed ground to my family. We look forward to continued service in this richly blessed portion of the Lord's vineyard," President Eyring said.
President Eyring will being serving as the new president on April 10, according to a press release from University Relations.
During the announcement, Elder Oaks praised President Eyring on his dedication and service to the university.
"He is ideally suited to be the leader of this great institution, and I urge you to listen to this counsel, benefit from his direction and give him your wholehearted support as you go forward to new heights of service in the work of the Lord," Elder Oaks said.
President Gilbert spoke after President Eyring and said he is grateful for everyone on the campus who has taught him so much.
"I know this is a sacred place as president Eyring has suggested," President Gilbert said. "Sister Gilbert often has said to the students of BYU-Idaho you are in the right place. When we left here 6 years ago, we just prayed we had enough of Rexburg in us. Once again we'll be leaving and I hope like so many students here that when we leave there will be enough Rexburg in all of us."
After President Gilbert's remarks, Elder Kim B. Clark of the Quorum of the Seventy, chairman of Church education and a previous president of the university, bore witness of the Savior Jesus Christ and His impact on the campus of BYU-Idaho.
"He has watched over you and brought you here to come to know him and love him that your testimony of him might grow deeper and deeper in your heart," Elder Clark said.
Elder Oaks closed the devotional with this remark.
"What overcomes the world is the power of God. Manifested through His Son, Jesus Christ, and given to us through the principles and doctrine of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. That is what makes this university possible. In the stressful circumstances that surround us, we must trust in God and His promises and hold fast to the vital gospel teaching of hope."
According to the press release from University Relations, President Eyring earned degrees in geology, business administration and law from Brigham Young University in Provo. He and his wife, Kelly, are the parents of five children, three of which graduated from BYU-Idaho.
Before returning to BYU-Idaho in 2006, President Eyring worked as a strategy consultant at Monitor Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as MBA Director at BYU.
Click below to listen to Elder Oaks' devotional address.