On Jan. 6, President Clark G. Gilbert sent a message to BYU-Idaho faculty announcing Rob Garrett’s appointment to the position of Vice President for Executive Strategy and Planning.
“Rob brings nearly 15 years of experience at the university, having served as assistant director for enrollment, enrollment manager, admissions director, enrollment services managing director and most recently, senior officer of strategy and research,” said President Gilbert in the announcement.
Garrett said the Strategy and Research Office was developed in June last year and evolved into the position he has now.
“The new change, the little evolvement, the little pivot from that to where it is now includes an extension of President Gilbert’s office and the executive office,” Garrett said.
He said the university has also added university relations, university communications and LDS Philanthropies to campus.
Seth Deming, who worked under Garrett and is the Testing Center director, said he is happy to see Garrett’s appointment to this new position.
“Seeing Rob rise through the ranks at BYU-Idaho over the past 10 years has been a delight to witness,” Deming said.
Deming said Garrett has been very humble throughout his career.
“I suspect it is largely because of his humility that he has been put into positions of responsibility over others here,” Deming said. “He is a true leader and a friend to all those who work with him.”
Garrett said he feels the Lord has played an integral part in his successes here at BYU-I.
“In everything, I’ve felt that it’s what the Lord’s wanted me to do,” Garrett said. “So I’ve put my heart and soul into it and just jumped in and done my very best.”
President Gilbert said in the announcement to faculty that he has great confidence in Garrett’s abilities.
Garrett said he respects President Gilbert’s leadership and confidence for his success.
“I trust his judgment, I trust his direction, and I trust who he is as a person,” Garrett said. “For him to say that is a huge compliment, and it really does mean a lot. At the same time, there’s a challenge there to live up to the standard for myself so I don’t lose that confidence.”
Garrett said despite being mortals, the Lord can make something out of people if they are willing to put in the effort.
“I truly believe that when our heart is in it and when we do our very best and put that effort forward, even if we miss the mark, when our motives are right and when we are dedicated to the Lord, he takes those efforts and turns them into what he needs them to be and in the process, we become something,” Garrett said.
Garrett said his experience at BYU-I has taught him that when one is faced with major life steps, he or she will always not know all the answers.
“If we feel it’s something the Lord is prompting us to do, or we feel it’s something we need to do, we shouldn’t feel paralyzed because we don’t know all the steps,” Garrett said.
Garrett said he grew up in Arizona and Utah. He said he got his bachelor’s degree at Utah Valley University and his master’s degree at Utah State University.
He served in the Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission. Garrett is married and has six kids.