News Release

President Eyring to Receive Honorary Doctorate from University of Utah

President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters from the University of Utah, one of his alma maters. 

The University of Utah Board of Trustees made the announcement today, noting that President Eyring will be one of four individuals to receive an honorary degree on Thursday, May 7, 2015, during the annual student commencement ceremony in the Jon M. Huntsman Center at 6:30 p.m. MDT.

President Eyring was president of Ricks College (now Brigham Young University–Idaho) in Rexburg, Idaho, from 1971 to 1977. He was on the faculty at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University from 1962 to 1971. He holds a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Utah and master of business administration and doctor of business administration degrees from Harvard University.

Other recipients include Anne Cullimore Decker (professional actress), Mark Fuller (CEO of WET) and Robert McDonald (secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs).

President Eyring was named first counselor in the First Presidency on February 3, 2008. Prior to that, he served as second counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008). President Eyring was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 1, 1995, and served as a member of the Seventy beginning October 3, 1992.


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