Elder Alvin F. Meredith III called as 18th president of BYU-Idaho

Elder Alvin F. Meredith III. Photo credit: BYU-Idaho.
Elder Alvin F. Meredith III. Photo credit: BYU-Idaho.

Elder Alvin F. Meredith III of the Seventy was called as BYU-Idaho 18th president during devotional on Tuesday. 

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who also serves on BYU-Idaho’s Board of Trustees, released President Henry J. Eyring and announced Elder Meredith as his successor. Elder Meredith’s appointment takes effect Aug. 1.

President Eyring has served as the president of BYU-I for six years. Following his departure from the university, he will return to the BYU Marriott School of Business to assist in in the development of leadership curriculum and teach undergraduate and graduate courses. 

Elder Christofferson highlighted President Eyring’s accomplishments in leading the university, which include streamlining and simplifying curriculum and guiding the university through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“President and Sister Eyring have inspired, taught and provided an exemplary model for BYU–Idaho and this entire community,” Elder Christofferson said. “President Eyring has lifted those around him with his leadership, deep commitment to students and ongoing efforts to preserve and strengthen the culture and spirit of this great university.”

Elder Alvin “Trip” F. Meredith III currently serves as a General Authority Seventy and will continue to serve in the capacity as president of BYU-Idaho. He earned a degree in psychology from BYU and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. He grew up in Tennessee and has also lived in Hong Kong and Singapore. He was president over the Utah Salt Lake City South Mission. He is married to Jennifer Meredith and has six children. 

“Everyone at BYU–Idaho has been blessed beyond measure to be at this exceptional university under the leadership of President and Sister Eyring,” Elder Meredith said. “I am inspired by the administration and faculty’s commitment to remain student-focused and singular in the emphasis on teaching, and I look forward to learning from these disciple leaders.”

Elder Meredith’s inauguration will be announced at a later date.