One of the great advantages of membership and participation in our society is the opportunity to network with peers, academics, and professionals in the field of international studies. Among these peers are the society presidents who have dedicated their time, talents, and great efforts to provide the rest of the student populace with meaningful information, experiences, and opportunities for learning and growth. Our Hall of Presidents gives you the opportunity to get to know these student leaders a little better, giving you insight into their experience, advice, plans, and goals for the future. EZ Chapter members can also join SIR's national Linkedin groups for: members only; company page 

Current President

Kaeley Scruggs
Winter 2016
Kaeley served as the president for Winter 2016 and graduated in the same semester. She majored in International Studies and studied Mandarin Chinese. She organized an event with a couple who served a humanitarian mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Jordan. She also oversaw the planning of a public screening of He Named Me Malala. After graduating she plans to move to Las Vegas where she will pursue a career as a cook and book blogger. (Linkedin Profile)

Past Presidents

Kyle Deason Spring 2013-
Fall 2015
Kyle Deason became the president of the Epsilon Zeta chapter of Sigma Iota Rho and president of the BYU-I International Studies Society in Spring 2013. He organized many events including a forum with a man from Uganda, a Foreign Service Officer forum and serveral internship panels. He graduated Winter 2016 and continued on to earn his MPA from the University Of Nevada, Las Vegas in Emergency Crisis Management. (Linkedin Profile)

 Susan Bell

Winter 2013
Susan became president of the Epsilon Zeta chapter of Sigma Iota Rho in Winter 2013, the same semester that she helped to organize a society forum with the honorable Hajji Syed Salman Chisty, a Sufi Master from Ajmer, India. In Spring 2013 she organized a forum and visit from Prosper Lwamasaka and Ssimbwa Busulwa from Uganda. Susan is a student of Political Science with an emphasis in International Studies, and minor studies in South American studies and Near Eastern studies. She will complete her degree in December 2013 and plans to work in the field of international aid and development before attending graduate school. (Linkedin Profile)
Jacob Tolman
Fall 20112-
Winter 2013
Jacob is one of the founding members of the Epsilon Zeta chapter of Sigma Iota Rho and became president of the BYU-I International Studies Society in Fall 2012. He organized the academic journal for the Society in Fall 2012, as well as expanded the criteria for chapter membership, thereby opening the door for more students to participate directly. He graduates in April 2013 with a BA in International Studies, an emphasis in economics, and a minor in Spanish. After graduation, Jacob aspires to work in the consulting business before continuing on to graduate school in Europe. (Linkedin Profile)

Timothy Ng
Spring 2012-
Fall 2012

In Spring 2012, Tim organized and became the founding president of the Sigma Iota Rho National Honors Society's very first chapter in the state of Idaho. His emphasis studies were in political science with a double minor in Chinese, and multi-lingual studies; he arrived at BYU-I in 2009 as an international student from the U.K. Between 2010-12, Tim was able to publish and present research relating to 21st Century Chinese dissidence at several local and national graduate and undergraduate conferences. In F11, he accompanied the first group of BYU-Idaho students on the Beijing semester abroad program. After graduation, Tim hopes for a career in foreign diplomacy. (Linkedin Profile)

 Kyle Barney
Winter 2012

Kyle served in the International Studies Society presidency since its conception back in 2010 and has been an active participant in promoting the new major and society over the past couple of years. He was one of the first students to graduate with a B.A. in International Studies, and in S12 semester completed an internship in HELP International's head office in Provo. In Fall 2012, Kyle started his MPA at BYU's Romney Institute, and hopes in the future to work in NGO business management to further the work of development around the globe. (Linkedin Profile)
Daniel Kinney-Spears
Fall 20112-
Winter 2013
Daniel served as the International Studies Society's first president as the group was formed in 2010 among foreign language students interested in gathering together outside of class. Over the course of several semesters, Daniel helped to promote and build the society from scratch with the help of faculty adviser Jeremy Lamoreaux. As a student of finance and economics, Daniel hopes for a future career in the foreign service, and in Fall 2012 was able to intern with the State Department in Latvia. (Linkedin Profile)