In June of this year, BYU-Idaho quietly passed a milestone—the 10-year anniversary of President Hinckley's announcement that Ricks College would become Brigham Young University-Idaho. Though we did not stop to formally celebrate, it is remarkable to see all that has been accomplished since that original announcement. I believe President Hinckley would be pleased by the rate at which innovation and individual sacrifice have allowed BYU-Idaho to grow. We are truly striving to achieve all the Lord would have us do to fulfill the university's special mission and bless the lives of students.
While present and future opportunities fill our view, looking back on the prophetic vision and consecrated effort that have brought us this far is inspiring. We are blessed to have in our midst modern-day pioneers who laid the foundation on which we build the university today. They include many of our current employees, members of the Rexburg community, and former students of Ricks College and BYU-Idaho. These pioneers appreciate the many miracles, large and small, that make our present opportunities possible.
Among our pioneering forebears are five living past presidents of Ricks College and BYU-Idaho: Henry B. Eyring, Bruce C. Hafen, Joe J. Christensen, Steven D. Bennion, and David A. Bednar. Each of these brethren has generously shared their thoughts and feelings about this marvelous institution. A compilation of their inspiring testimonies, which you will see in this issue of BYU-Idaho magazine, offers glimpses into the often subtle but always strong spiritual forces that have been at work here for generations.
In addition, I invite you to take a few moments and review the other features, videos, and news updates that reveal many of the important innovations taking place on campus. I hope you will share my sense of wonder and gratitude for all the Lord has done and continues to do at this great university. As always, thank you for your continued support of BYU-Idaho.
Kim B. Clark President, Brigham Young University-Idaho