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President Clark reflects on childhood

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The year President Kim B. Clark, who has served as President of BYU-Idaho for the past 10 years, turned 11 was a big year for him.

President Clark said two major events happened during that year that would shape the person he became. The first was seeing President David O. McKay dedicate the new church building where he lived.

“I knew he was a prophet of God,” President Clark said.

President Clark said at 11 years old he was able to witness the prophet up close and gain a testimony of President David O. McKay’s divine work.

President Clark was born to Merlin and Helen Mar Hickman Clark on March 20, 1949, according to the BYU-I website.

President Clark said the second major event in his life was being kicked off the local little league team when he was 11.

He said his father took the chance to teach him an important lesson.

“My father said ‘Roll with the punches,’” President Clark said. “‘Things will work out.’”

President Clark said his mother would tell him, almost on a daily basis, that he was a leader.

“Mother would say, ‘Don’t let other people drag you around by the nose,’” President Clark said.

He said his mother’s philosophy was that if something needed to be done, it should be done well.

“Mother said, ‘Don’t get by on the bare minimum,’” President Clark said.

He said his mother enrolled him in an elocution class from the time he was 5 until he was 10.

President Clark said those years of study had a great impact on his life.

He said the elocution classes helped prepare him for his many speaking opportunities. He said the class helped him develop confidence and an ease in speaking and preparing him for success, according to the BYU-I website.

President Clark said his grandfather gave him advice he would always remember.

“He said, ‘Kim, always carry with you a good book, because you will never be bored,’” President Clark said.

President Clark said his father taught by example, and taught life lessons about how to work hard.

President Clark said he wanted to be a doctor when he was a child. He said while attending college, he decided to be a teacher.

President Clark served a mission in Germany in 1968 and married his wife Sue in 1971, according to BYU-I’s website.

President Clark earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Harvard University, according to BYU-I’s website.

President Clark became a faculty member at Harvard in 1978, according to BYU-I’s website. He was named the Dean of Harvard Business School in 1995.

President Clark announced his leaving Harvard June 6, 2005, according to The Harvard Crimson. He served as Dean of Harvard Business School for 10 years.

President Clark started his time at BYU-I in 2005, according to the BYU-I website.

“If I could tell my 10-year-old self something, it would be to be good,” President Clark said. “Be really, really good, say your prayers, have the Holy Ghost with you and work hard.”

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