September 20, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen
President Henry J. Eyring was installed as the 17th president of Brigham Young University-Idaho during an inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, September 19.
President Henry B. Eyring, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Elder David A. Bednar, Elder Ronald A. Rasband and Elder Kim B. Clark, attended, in addition to several general authorities for the LDS Church, family members and BYU-Idaho faculty filling the stand edge to edge with people gathered to with the new president of BYU-Idaho well in his responsibilities.
Six former BYU-Idaho and Ricks College were in attendance at the inauguration, an event free of academic robes and the pomp and circumstance normally attended by an inauguration of a university president.
The highlight of the event involved the father-son aspect of the inauguration as President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former Ricks College president installed his son Henry J. Eyring as the 17th president of the university.
"You are to place the Lord, Jesus Christ, whose school this is, at the heart of your service," President Henry B. Eyring said in the charge he delivered to President Henry J. Eyring. "His purposes are to be yours as nearly as you can discern. His light, a beacon to guide your feet and His love, your source of courage, confidence, and motivation."
Then, in the uncanny image of his father, newly installed BYU-Idaho president, Henry J. Eyring stood and accepted the responsibilities of his office.
"Thank you President Eyring and thanks to all who have spoken and performed," President Henry J. Eyring said in his response to his father's charge. "All meetings at BYU-Idaho are a celebration of the goodness and power of our Savior, Jesus Christ. That is especially so as we formally reflect on the mission of this university, which is His."