New President at BYU-Idaho: Another Opportunity Lost

Elder Dallin H. Oaks recently announced that Henry J. Eyring will be the next President of BYU-Idaho.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks Congradulating Henry J. Eyring

Elder Dallin H. Oaks Congratulating Henry J. Eyring

This would have been a great opportunity to diversify LDS Church leadership.  Was a woman even considered?  Was a non-white considered?  Was someone with roots outside of Utah/Idaho considered?  Was someone not a product of the Church education system considered?

Instead, we have a white male whose father is a General Authority.  Whose father was a past president of Ricks College (a precursor to BYU-Idaho).  A man who earned all of his degrees at BYU-Provo.  A man who is currently employed at BYU-Idaho.  Hardly a glowing example of the diversity which exists in the membership.

As far as I know, there is no priesthood requirement to be President of BYU-Idaho.  This was another opportunity to diversify that is lost.

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