Inauguration Set for BYU–Pathway’s First President, Clark G. Gilbert

Contributed By Marianne Holman Prescott, Church News staff writer

  • 7 November 2017

Elder Dallin H. Oaks announces the new BYU–Pathway Worldwide educational program, led by President Clark G. Gilbert, and applauds his efforts as president of BYU–Idaho. Photo by Ryan Chase, BYU–Idaho.

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  • The inauguration will be broadcast live to PathwayConnect gatherings at various locations around the world.

Clark G. Gilbert will officially become the first president of BYU–Pathway Worldwide during an inauguration ceremony held in Salt Lake City—the organization’s new headquarters—on November 16.

Just months after the creation of BYU–Pathway Worldwide in February, the inauguration will be held in the Conference Center Theater and will be broadcast live to PathwayConnect gatherings at various locations around the world.

President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will preside at the event and officially install Gilbert as president. Elder Kim B. Clark, Commissioner of the Church Educational System and a General Authority Seventy, will also speak, and a choir comprised of BYU–Pathway Worldwide students from throughout the Salt Lake Valley will perform.

President Clark G. Gilbert answers questions at a press conference.
Photo by Michael Lewis.

Clark G. Gilbert served as president of BYU–Idaho from April 2015 to April 2017. Photo by Erik Hill, BYU–Idaho.

Prior to becoming BYU–Pathway Worldwide president, Gilbert served two years as the 16th president of Brigham Young University–Idaho from April 2015 to April 2017. Before serving as president of BYU–Idaho, Gilbert worked as CEO of the Deseret News and Deseret Digital Media. Prior to his time at the Deseret News, Gilbert worked at BYU–Idaho in various roles. As associate academic vice president he oversaw online learning and helped develop the Pathway program. Prior to his work at BYU–Idaho, Gilbert was a professor of entrepreneurial management at the Harvard Business School. He specialized in the field of organizational innovation.

Because space is limited, only invited guests are allowed to attend the ceremony, but a live broadcast of the recording will be available starting at 7:00 p.m. mountain standard time. Pathway students are encouraged to watch the broadcast together to fulfill their meeting requirements for the week.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, greets BYU–Idaho President Clark G. Gilbert as Church leaders announce a new global higher education program—BYU–Pathway Worldwide—during a press conference in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Gilbert will oversee the new organization. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News.

Former BYU–Idaho President Clark G. Gilbert speaks at a press conference in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, where Church leaders announced a new global higher education program—BYU–Pathway Worldwide. Gilbert will oversee the new organization. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, left, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, pose for a photo with President Clark G. Gilbert and members of his family after Church leaders announced a new global higher education program—BYU–Pathway Worldwide—during a press conference in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Gilbert will oversee the new organization. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News.