The president of Brigham Young University—Hawaii, J. Elliot Cameron, was recently appointed Church Commissioner of Education, succeeding Bishop Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric.
In his new position, Brother Cameron will supervise an educational system with more than 763,000 students. Church seminaries and institutes include more than 322,000 students, and there are more than 440,000 in Church schools, colleges, and continuing education programs.
The Church schools include Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho; BYU—Hawaii in Laie, Hawaii; LDS Business College in Salt Lake City; and other schools in Mexico, Fiji, Kiribati, Indonesia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Western Samoa.
The new commissioner is a veteran of thirty-eight years in teaching and educational administration. He has been a teacher, principal, and district superintendent in Utah public schools. He served as president of Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, and dean of student services at Utah State University before joining the BYU administration as dean of students in 1962. At BYU, he also served as assistant to the president, dean of student life, and student services vice-president.
Brother Cameron holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from BYU. He also attended the University of Utah, Utah State University, and Southern Utah State College.
He has served as a regional representative, member of the Sunday School General Board, stake president, high councilor, and bishop.