BYU-Idaho’s University Food Services operation supervisor, Chris Mann, is resigning from his position at the end of this semester.
Mann said he began working with the university in catering 33 years ago. He said that through the years he has been assigned to work on a variety of projects, including the change from the university’s cafeteria set-up to the food court set-up now known as the Crossroads.
Mann said he has enjoyed his experience working at BYU-I, and his favorite part has been working with the students and his co-workers.
“I’m just so inspired by the spirit that they bring, the spirit of this campus, the desire to do right and to be good,” he said. “I get so much strength from them.”
Mann said he is going to miss the association of his colleagues and waking up so early to open the food court, when he leaves, but he is confident he will find other ways to occupy his time. He said he and his family have plans for the future, including continuing to be involved in their church, their family and the Rexburg community.
Mann said he has been a member of the city council for the past 10 years and is planning to join the campaign for mayor in the fall.
“Life’s too short just to sit around and do nothing, so my wife and I seem to do better when we’re just going and have something to do, something to look forward to,” he said.
Mann said he believes in living life to the fullest extent and treasuring the experiences and opportunities one is given.
“Get the most out of life,” he said. “Be happy, be joyful, and dive in with both feet.”