‘President Eyring has lifted those around him with his leadership’

President Henry J. Eyring faculty photo. Photo credit: BYU-Idaho.
President Henry J. Eyring faculty photo. Photo credit: BYU-Idaho.

During last Tuesday’s devotional, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles announced that President Henry J. Eyring’s service is coming to an end. The new president will be Elder Alvin F. Meredith III, who will take over as president on Aug. 1.

President Eyring began his employment at BYU-Idaho in 2006 when he served as an associate academic vice president.

Two years later, President Eyring served as advancement vice president. While serving in this role, he co-wrote a book with Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen called The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education.

From 2015 to 2017 he served as BYU-I’s academic vice president. On April 10, 2017, Elder Dallin H. Oaks announced that President Eyring would serve as president of BYU-I.

In addition to serving as BYU-Idaho’s president, he has also served as an Area Seventy since 2019.

“President Eyring has lifted those around him with his leadership, his deep commitment to you students, and ongoing efforts to preserve and strengthen the culture and spirit of this great university,” Elder Christofferson said.

Throughout the years, President Eyring taught the student body important lessons in his devotionals. He taught students to see the positive.

“Notwithstanding the challenges and hardships of this life, the truth is that the world is getting better in many ways,” President Eyring said.

President Eyring also led the university during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID management and response is, for now, an unofficial but very important element of our university curriculum,” President Eyring said. “In addition to increasing our wisdom and charity, it is helping us to do harder things in the future.”

President Eyring will return to BYU’s Marriott School of Business to teach graduate and undergraduate students.