LDS leader President Henry B. Eyring will speak at Utah Valley University’s commencement exercises on May 4, according to an announcement by the Utah Valley University Board of Trustees Wednesday morning.
“President Eyring has devoted his life to the search for knowledge and is well-respected both as an academician and humble spiritual leader,” said UVU President Matthew S. Holland in a press release. “We are honored to welcome him as our commencement speaker, and we look forward to the insights he will share.”
President Eyring currently serves as First Counselor in the First Presidency for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Prior to his service in the First Presidency, Eyring also served in the LDS Church as Commissioner of Church Education for 18 years.
While Eyring is best known for his role in the LDS Church, he also had an accomplished professional career. From 1971 to 1977, he worked as the president of Ricks College, which is now Brigham Young University-Idaho. He was a tenured assistant professor in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University from 1962 to 1971. He has also been a Sloan Visiting Faculty Fellow at MIT.
Before his career, President Eyring earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Utah, and a master’s degree and doctoral degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.
UVU’s commencement will be held on May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the UCCU Center in Orem, Utah. Convocation for the university’s eight colleges will be held across campus the following day.