February 7, 2017
Writer: Brett Crandall
This morning President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Second Vice Chairman of the Church Board of Education, announced the creation of a new entity in the Church Educational System (CES) to be called BYU-Pathway Worldwide. President Clark G. Gilbert was introduced as the new president of BYU-Pathway Worldwide. This new organization will have primary responsibility for the Pathway program and will coordinate other online degree programs across CES. BYU-Pathway Worldwide will also provide student communication, advising, and mentoring for online degree students.
President Gilbert will continue as President of BYU-Idaho through the end of this semester and will assume his responsibilities with the new organization soon thereafter. Elder Dallin H. Oaks, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Church Board of Education, is expected to announce a new president of BYU-Idaho at today's university devotional.
"It is the right time for this change," Gilbert said. "We are part of a worldwide church with a growing need for spiritually-based education. Pathway itself has grown rapidly, but it will need its own focus and organization to continue expanding its reach and impact across the Church."
President Gilbert also shared his love for BYU-Idaho: "We will miss this place terribly. My family will forever be grateful for the way we have been blessed by the university and the community." He continued, "BYU-Idaho is a sacred and set apart place. Yes, it is innovative; yes, it is growing; but, there is also a spirit which permeates this entire campus community that creates a feeling of modesty, a search for prophetic direction, and a focus on students."
President Gilbert also pointed out that he will continue to work closely with BYU-Idaho in as much as BYU-Pathway Worldwide will be intricately connected to the university's online programs.
Members of the media who wish to attend today's BYU-Idaho Devotional are invited to sit in the lower portion of section one of the auditorium, which is on the north side. Ushers will be available to guide members of the media. Photography is not permitted inside the auditorium. Those who need photos and video of today's announcement may contact Brett Crandall at 208-496-2001.