Henry J. Eyring

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Henry Johnson Eyring is a university administrator as well as a businessman and author. He was appointed president of BYU-Idaho on February 7, 2017, and began his administration on April 10, 2017. At the time of his appointment, he was serving as Academic Vice President of the university. He has also served as BYU-Idaho’s Advancement Vice President and associate academic vice president over online learning. He was director of the MBA program at the Marriott School of Management Brigham Young University from 1998 to 2002.

Eyring was born on September 19, 1963, in Palo Alto, California, where his father taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The family moved to Rexburg, Idaho, when his father, Henry B. Eyring, was appointed president of Ricks College (1971–1977). The family then moved to Utah.

Eyring earned his bachelor’s degree in geology, a Masters of Business Administration, and a law degree—all from BYU. From 1989 to 1998, he was a strategy consultant at a management-consulting firm, Monitor Group, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He began serving as a director of SkyWest Airlines in 1995, and from 2002 to 2003 he was a special partner with Peterson Capital.

He has written or cowritten four books: a biography of his grandfather, theoretical chemist Henry Eyring entitled Mormon Scientist: The Life and Faith of Henry Eyring; The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education (with Clayton M. Christensen); Major Decisions: Taking Charge of Your College Education; and the biography of his father, I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. Eyring (with Robert I. Eaton).

He presided over the Japan Tokyo North Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2003 to 2006. On April 6, 2019, he was sustained as an Area Seventy at General Conference.

He and his wife, Kelly, are the parents of five children.