Clark Gilbert

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Clark Gilbert
16th President of BYU-Idaho
Assumed office
April 13, 2015
Preceded by Kim B. Clark
Personal details
Spouse(s) Christine Gilbert
Children 8
Alma mater Brigham Young University (B.A.)
Stanford University (M.A.)
Harvard University (Ph.D.)
Profession Academic administrator, CEO, professor
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Website Office of the President

Clark Gilbert is the 16th and current president of Brigham Young University - Idaho (BYU-Idaho). He served previously as the President and CEO of both the Deseret News and Deseret Digital Media. He was also an executive vice president of Deseret Management Corporation.[1] He was previously a professor at Harvard Business School (HBS) and an associate academic vice president at BYU-Idaho.[2]


Gilbert was a professor of entrepreneurial management at Harvard Business School. While there he was an adviser to the American Press Institute's Newspaper Next project, which studied ways for newspapers to transition to the digital age.

After being a professor at Harvard, Gilbert joined the faculty of BYU-Idaho where he served as Associate Academic Vice President of Academic Development, where his responsibilities included student leadership, the BYU-Idaho Learning Model, online learning, and the Pathway program.[3][4][5]

Deseret Digital Media & Deseret News[edit]

In 2009 Gilbert became the CEO of the newly formed Deseret Digital Media, a subsidiary corporation of Deseret Management Corporation, which administers the websites of the Deseret News, Church News, Mormon Times, KSL radio and Deseret Book.

In May 2010, Gilbert was appointed president of the Deseret News.[6] He did not replace Jim Wall (the publisher) or Joseph A. Cannon (the editor), but filled a new role in the organization.

In August 2010, with Gilbert at the helm, the Deseret News laid off 43 percent of its workforce.[7]

Gilbert unveiled a set of six themes to guide the paper's coverage—previously distinguished by its lack of oversight from its owner, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and a strict devotion to impartiality—going forward: 1. The Family, 2. Financial Responsibility, 3. Excellence in Education, 4. Care for the Needy, 5. Values in Media, and 6. Faith in the Community.

Using his theory of "disruption" economics, Gilbert has tried to pinpoint the cost of each story and achieve a more cost-effective story output.[8] In February 2011, Gilbert was the keynote speaker at a conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., where Borrell Associates CEO Gordon Borrell named him the "Innovator of the Year."[9] Gilbert has also spoken to regional newspapers and editors about ways to better monetize journalism.

Under Gilbert, the Deseret News has reported a boost in all aspects of its circulation,[10] but some of its numbers have been disproved by The Salt Lake Tribune and Salt Lake City Weekly.[11]

As part of Gilbert's plan to "lead and innovate," the Deseret News and KSL created Deseret Connect, a network of freelance contributors under the direction of Matt Sanders.[12] Much of Deseret Connect's content has been featured prominently on the Deseret News homepage, though the print paper has largely remained the work of full- and part-time staff.

In November 2011, it was revealed that the mayor of Utah's West Valley City, Michael K. Winder, wrote under a pen name as a Deseret Connect contributor about city hall events, and that his stories were featured in the Deseret News. Gilbert said he was "concerned" that somebody would misrepresent himself in such a way.[13]


On January 27, 2015, Russell M. Nelson, chairman of the Executive Committee of the BYU-Idaho Board of Trustees announced that effective April 13, 2015, Gilbert would succeed Kim B. Clark as the president of BYU-Idaho.[14]


Gilbert and his wife, Christine, are the parents of eight children.[4] Gilbert served as an LDS mission in Kobe, Japan from 1989 to 1991.

Gilbert earned a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University (BYU), a master's degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from HBS.[4]

External links[edit]

Academic offices
Preceded by
Kim B. Clark
President of Brigham Young University–Idaho
April 13, 2015 – current


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  6. ^ "Deseret Digital Media CEO Clark Gilbert Named to Expanded Role as President and CEO of the Deseret News". Desert Media Companies. Archived from the original on 2012-04-12. 
  7. ^ McCord, Keith (August 31, 2010). "Layoffs, new operating model at Deseret News". 
  8. ^ Doctor, Ken (April 28, 2011). "The newsonomics of story cost accounting". Nieman Journalism Lab. 
  9. ^ "Clark Gilbert Named Innovator Of The Year For Local Online Media" (Press release). Borrell Associates. February 23, 2011. 
  10. ^ Cortez, Marjorie (May 4, 2011). "Deseret News posts circulation gains, bucking national trend of declining print circulation". Deseret News. 
  11. ^ Piper, Rachel (May 13, 2011). "Fine Print: The Deseret News Spins Its Circulation Numbers". News Blog (Salt Lake City Weekly). 
  12. ^ "The Deseret News Unveils Bold New Direction for Newspaper" (Press release). Deseret News. 
  13. ^ Page, Jared (November 10, 2011). "West Valley City mayor admits using false identity to write news stories". Deseret News. 
  14. ^ "Clark Gilbert announced as new president of BYU-I", KSL January 27, 2015.