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Elder Alvin F. “Tripp” Meredith III, a General Authority Seventy, was officially installed as the 18th president of Brigham Young University–Idaho on Tuesday, Oct. 10, by Elder D. Todd Christofferson and Elder Ronald A. Rasband, both of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

During the installation, Elder Christofferson, chairman of the executive committee of the BYU–Idaho board of trustees, outlined many of the characteristics distinct to BYU–Idaho that were laid out by prophets since its creation. The Apostle charged the new president to “align Brigham Young University–Idaho with its prophetically inspired direction.”

Thousands of students, faculty and staff — in addition to other Church, government, civic and education leaders — filled the 15,000-seat auditorium of the BYU–I Center on the Rexburg, Idaho, campus on the sunny autumn morning.

The ceremony also brought several past presidents of BYU–Idaho to campus — Elder Bruce C. Hafen, President Steven D. Bennion, Elder Kim B. ClarkElder Clark G. Gilbert and President Henry J. Eyring — in addition to other general Church leaders. Elder Gilbert, who serves as a General Authority Seventy and the Church commissioner of education, conducted the event.

President Meredith’s installation came just weeks following the presidential inauguration of BYU President C. Shane Reese at BYU–Idaho’s sister institution in Provo, Utah, on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

In his inaugural charge, Elder Christofferson directed President Meredith to commit his time and talents to preserving the university’s unique culture encapsulated in “the spirit of Ricks” — Ricks College, BYU-Idaho’s previous name — as well as the hallmarks of modesty, frugality, innovation and revelation.

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