Q. Where are you from?
A. I'm originally from Woodruff, Idaho. Since my youth I've lived in Draper and Bluffdale, Utah. (Served a young mission in Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission and just returned as mission president in the North Dakota Bismarck Mission.) We are currently building a home in Spanish Fork and hope to move there soon!
Q. What is your family like?
A. I am married to the former Lori Bateman and we are the parents of five daughters and two sons. Our youngest daughter, Liberty, is currently serving a mission in the Russia St. Petersburg Mission. My wife teaches art at the Salt Lake Community College.
Q. What and where have you studied?
A. BS in Business Management, MEd in Community Education, PhD in Instructional Science—all at BYU.
Q. Where have you previously worked?
A. My first job was a stockbroker for Fidelity Investments; the last 30 years as an administrator at BYU (Director of BYU Salt Lake Center, Director of Evening Classes, Director of Center for Teaching and Learning, Assistant to Associate Academic Vice President, etc.).
Q. What is your favorite thing about the McKay School?
A. I love the person for whom the building is named. President McKay was the prophet of my youth. I enjoy seeing his picture and reading his quotes on the walls and reflecting on my early memories of him and his wife.
Q. Growing up, what teacher inspired you the most? How?
A. My high school English teacher, Carol Clark. She really helped me gain confidence in my ability to write using my own voice.
Q. Best Halloween costume you have had?
A. I had a rabbit costume one year that people still remind me about once in a while!
Q. What stat for your life would you most like to see?
A. I wish I knew how many graves I had dug by hand over the 10 years or so I was the sexton for the Draper Cemetery.
Q. What are you most likely to become famous for?
A. My ping pong (table tennis) game!
Q. Do you collect anything?
A. I love to collect hats. I have more hats than I know what to do with. Whenever I travel somewhere I seem to end up bringing back a hat.
Q. What is your go-to weeknight meal?
A. We enjoy breakfast (pancakes, yogurt, etc.) for dinner once a week!
Q. Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?
A. My wife and I love to travel to Boston and across New York. We are both aficionados of early American History.
Q. What invention doesn’t get a lot of love, but has greatly improved the world?
A. The shoehorn! I love my shoehorn as I try to fit size 14 feet into my shoes.