WATCH LIVE: Inauguration of new BYUI president Henry J. Eyring
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REXBURG — Henry J. Eyring will formally take his position as the new president of Brigham Young University Idaho Sept. 19 at an Inauguration ceremony at 2 p.m.
Henry J. Eyring was announced as the new President of BYU-Idaho in Feb. 7. He has been acting as president of the university since April 10. He succeeded Clark G. Gilbert who has served since 2015 and has now been called as the new president of BYU-Pathway Worldwide.
The ceremony will be held at the BYU-Idaho Center at 2 p.m. Doors will open to students and the public at 1 p.m. Reserved seating will be released at 1:40 p.m. The Inauguration will take place of the scheduled weekly devotional. The ceremony can also be viewed live online.
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be presiding at the event, according to a news release. Henry B. Eyring serves also as the First Vice Chairman of the BYU-Idaho Board of Trustees.
President Henry J. Eyring has worked for the university since 2006. He was formally the Associate Academic Vice President. Before that, he served as Advancement Vice President and Associate Academic President over online learning.
President Henry J. Eyring and his family have had a long association with Rexburg and BYU-Idaho. He first came to Rexburg in 1971 when his father, Henry B. Eyring, served as president of the institution—then called Ricks College, according to the release.
Before BYU-Idaho he worked as a strategy consultant at Monitor Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as MBA Director at BYU in Provo.
Henry earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geology, a Master of Business Administration, and a Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He married Kelly Ann Child during his studies at BYU. The Eyrings have five children three of which are graduates of BYU-Idaho. Their younger two children still live at home.