Bishop Henry B. Eyring of the Presiding Bishopric has been appointed commissioner of education for the Church Educational System, the First Presidency has announced.
Bishop Eyring, 59, served as commissioner of education from 1980 until his call to the Presiding Bishopric in 1985. He earlier had served three years as deputy commissioner."The position of commissioner has been vacant for the past few years," said the First Presidency, "but with a growing need for system-wide planning of the Church education effort, we have felt it necessary to take this step.
"We are pleased to have a person of Bishop Eyring's stature and ability to fill this position," the Church leaders said. "His experience as a member of the Presiding Bishopric has added worldwide perspective to an already distinguished academic and business career.
"With the increased pressures for entrance into Brigham Young University, coupled with the reality that enrollment must be limited, there is a need to determine how the institute of religion program of the Church can better serve university students and others across the world," the First Presidency explained.
Commissioner Eyring will work with the Church Educational System Board of Trustees to determine how best to bring to bear the existing resources of the Church in more effectively influencing the lives of young adults.
The new commissioner is a native of Princeton, N.J. He earned a master's and a doctorate of business administration from Harvard University, was on the faculty at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University from 1962-71, and served as president of Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, from 1972-1977.
As a member of the Presiding Bishopric the past seven years, he has shared responsibility for the temporal affairs of the Church.
Prior to his call to the Presiding Bishopric, Commissioner Eyring had served as regional representative, member of the General Sunday School Board and as a bishop.
He and his wife, Kathleen Johnson Eyring, are parents of four sons and two daughters.