A former college administrator from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah will be taking over as president of BYU-Hawaii starting in July.

John Tanner, who worked his way up from English professor to department chair to academic vice president at BYU-Provo, succeeds current-President Stephen Wheelwright.


Brigham Young University enrolls about 2,800 students at its campus in Hawaii.

Tanner  is currently second in command at an auxiliary branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that oversees Sunday school programing.

“I am inspired by the vision that prophets have had for BYU–Hawaii,” Tanner said in a press release. “I intend to build on that wonderful legacy of aloha and learning and service that exists here to bless the international Church.”

Tanner will be the 10th president the university has had in Hawaii since opening its doors in 1955.

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