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Inaugural Charge to President Alvin F. Meredith III

Inauguration of President Alvin F. Meredith III

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As Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Brigham Young University-Idaho Board of Trustees and by assignment from President Russell M. Nelson and the First Presidency, who chair that Board, I hereby install you, Alvin Frazier Meredith III, as President of Brigham Young University-Idaho, on this 10th day of October 2023.

In doing so, I confer upon you all the rights, responsibilities, authority, and prerogatives necessary to act as the university’s chief executive officer, institutional spokesman, and overseer of its assets.

I charge you to commit your time and talents in leading the university while preserving its unique culture and the Spirit of Ricks which is felt here. I charge you to exemplify the foundational modesty and frugality that are a hallmark of this institution, which cultivates the spirit of innovation and revelation.

In accomplishing this lofty expectation, I charge you with the responsibility to be the university’s chief moral and spiritual officer, this being the most important and most demanding of all your duties as president of the university.

I charge you to align Brigham Young University-Idaho with its prophetically inspired direction. The Board, with the Prophet at its head, will safeguard you through an increasingly challenging landscape and point the way to academic and spiritual success.

I charge you to preserve Brigham Young University-Idaho’s student-centered, teaching-focused culture. Help students develop the whole person, even the eternal person, both in and out of the classroom. Help students and employees to realize and magnify their divine identity as sons and daughters of God and as disciples of Jesus Christ who can lead in their families, the Church, and their communities.

Finally, I confer upon you all the blessings and spiritual gifts needed for you to fulfill your office and accomplish this sacred trust.

Elder Rasband, I invite you to stand with me beside President Meredith as we ask Jennifer to place the medallion of office upon him.

Jennifer, will you place the medallion on your husband.

President Meredith, with this you are now formally inaugurated as the 18th president of Brigham Young University-Idaho. Congratulations.

We love you, we honor you, and we sustain you in this office. We look forward to serving with you. We would now invite your response to this charge.