President Kim B. Clark spoke and answered questions Friday for the final time as president of Brigham Young University—Idaho.
“My call came last December,” President Clark said. “It was issued by a member of the First Presidency—President Eyring—and he simply called us to serve as a member of the of the First Quorum of the Seventy, and he told me that this semester here would be my last.”
President Clark said leaving Rexburg will be difficult.
“We have to leave and move on, and it’s hard to do that,” President Clark said. “On the other hand, we also leave with a sense that we were called here to lead this institution for a period of time, and we have tried to do that, and we leave feeling pretty good.”
President Clark and Sue Clark, his wife, lived in Boston for 34 years before coming to Rexburg, but there is something different about leaving Rexburg.
“It’s harder to leave Rexburg than it was to leave Boston, and I think it’s because of the love we feel here and the relationship we have with this community of people,” President Clark said.
He said he and his wife will miss interacting with students and faculty on campus.
“We will miss devotional, we will miss walking around the campus, we’ll miss working with the great people here at BYU—Idaho and the spirit we feel,” President Clark said.
Jan. 27, Elder Russell M. Nelson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, announced the release of President Clark and the calling of Clark G. Gilbert as the university’s new president.
President Clark has served as president of BYU—Idaho since 2005.