Published April 2017
New CES Entity Announced: BYU-Pathway Worldwide
On February 7, 2017, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Second Vice Chairman of the Church Board of Education, announced the creation of a new entity in the Church Educational System (CES) to be called BYU-Pathway Worldwide. President Clark G. Gilbert was introduced as the new president of BYU-Pathway Worldwide. This new organization will have primary responsibility for the Pathway program and will coordinate other online degree programs across CES. BYU-Pathway Worldwide will also provide student communication, advising, and mentoring for online degree students.
President Gilbert will continue as President of BYU-Idaho through the end of this semester and will assume his responsibilities with the new organization soon thereafter. "It is the right time for this change," Gilbert said. "We are part of a worldwide church with a growing need for spiritually-based education. Pathway itself has grown rapidly, but it will need its own focus and organization to continue expanding its reach and impact across the Church."
President Gilbert also shared his love for BYU-Idaho: "We will miss this place terribly. My family will forever be grateful for the way we have been blessed by the university and the community." He continued, "BYU-Idaho is a sacred and set apart place. Yes, it is innovative; yes, it is growing; but, there is also a spirit which permeates this entire campus community that creates a feeling of modesty, a search for prophetic direction, and a focus on students."
President Gilbert also pointed out that he will continue to work closely with BYU-Idaho in as much as BYU-Pathway Worldwide will be intricately connected to the university's online programs.