|Letter From President David A. Bednar|
Welcome to Brigham Young University-Idaho! You have chosen an excellent place to pursue your education.
This continues to be a season of transition at this institution. In June of 2000, Gordon B. Hinckley, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Church Educational System, announced that Ricks College, the largest privately owned two-year school in the United States, would become a baccalaureate institution known as Brigham Young University-Idaho. The programs and courses outlined in this catalog reflect the implementation of the programs being offered at the “new” institution. I am pleased that you will be part of this exciting and historic period of change.
Ricks College had long been recognized as a school where students received personal, individualized attention; where ecclesiastical leaders created spiritual havens for ward members; where students genuinely cared about other students. Many things have already changed at this institution; and, undoubtedly, many more changes will take place in the future. However, the unique environment found on this campus, which is often referred to as the Spirit of Ricks, need not change--and you can play a significant role in preserving and enhancing it! I encourage you to take your studies seriously, to be active in your campus ward, and to participate in a breadth of extracurricular activities. By so doing, you will come to understand and help strengthen the Spirit of Ricks at BYU-Idaho.
This catalog provides a wealth of useful information about the academic programs at BYU-Idaho, the requirements you must meet, and the many services that are offered to support your endeavors. I urge you to study this information carefully and refer to it often. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your academic advisor, another faculty member, and/or any of the support staff who work in the various offices on campus. All of us are here to be of service to you.
Again, welcome! Best wishes for success and happiness in all you do.
David A. Bednar