David A. Bednar

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David A. Bednar
Bednar speaking at the 2007 graduation ceremony of the Marriott School of Management
Bednar speaking at university commencement
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 2, 2004 (2004-10-02)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
LDS Church Apostle
October 7, 2004 (2004-10-07)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
Reason Deaths of David B. Haight and Neal A. Maxwell[1]
14th President of Brigham Young University–Idaho
In office
July 1, 1997 – December 1, 2004
Successor Kim B. Clark
Personal details
Born David Allan Bednar
(1952-06-15) June 15, 1952 (age 62)
Oakland, California
Alma mater Brigham Young University (B.S., M.S.)
Purdue University (Ph.D.)
Spouse Susan Kae Robinson
(1975-present)
Children 3

David Allan Bednar (born June 15, 1952) is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). An educator by profession, Bednar was also president of Brigham Young University–Idaho from 1997 to 2004.[2][3]

Bednar was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve on October 2, 2004, the youngest man named to that body since Dallin H. Oaks in 1984. He was ordained an apostle on October 7, 2004 by LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley. Bednar and Dieter F. Uchtdorf were called to fill the vacancies created by the July 2004 deaths of quorum members David B. Haight and Neal A. Maxwell.[4] As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Bednar is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator. He is currently the youngest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles[5] and is the twelfth most senior apostle in the ranks of the church.

Early life[edit]

Bednar was born in Oakland, California. His mother came from a long line of Latter-day Saints, but Bednar's father did not join the church until Bednar was in his late twenties. He served as a full-time missionary in Southern Germany and then attended Brigham Young University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication in 1976 and a master of arts degree in organizational communication in 1977. He then received a doctorate degree in organizational behavior from Purdue University in 1980.[6] [7]

Career and church service[edit]

From 1980 to 1984, Bednar was the assistant professor of management in the Sam M. Walton College of Business (then College of Business Administration) at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He became assistant professor of management at Texas Tech University from 1984 to 1986. He then moved back to the University of Arkansas as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the Sam M. Walton College of Business from 1987 to 1992 and was then the director of the Management Decision-Making Lab from 1992 to 1997. In 1994, he was recognized as the outstanding teacher at the University of Arkansas and received the Burlington Northern Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has twice been the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award in the College of Business Administration.

Bednar then served as the president of Ricks College/Brigham Young University–Idaho from July 1, 1997[2] to December 1, 2004[3] in Rexburg, Idaho. There, he oversaw and managed the transition of the school from, what was at the time, the largest private junior college in the United States, Ricks College, to a four year university, BYU–Idaho.

Bednar has served in the LDS Church as a bishop (Fayetteville Ward, 1987), twice as stake president (Fort Smith Arkansas Stake, 1987–91 and Rogers Arkansas Stake, 1991–95), regional representative (1994–95) and area seventy (1997–2004).

In late 2009, the BYU–Idaho choirs and orchestras performed an oratorio with words by Bednar and music by Robert Cundick.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Bednar married Susan Kae Robinson in the Salt Lake Temple on March 20, 1975. They are the parents of three sons.[9]

Bednar at the April 2008 BYU Commencement with Cecil O. Samuelson, Elaine S. Dalton, and W. Rolfe Kerr
Bednar at the April 2008 BYU graduation ceremony

Works[edit]

Books
Academic articles
  • Bednar, David A; Roach, David W (1997), "The Theory of Logical Types: A Tool for Understanding Levels and Types of Change in Organizations", Human Relations (SAGE Publications) 50 (6): 671, OCLC 437562507 
  • Reeves, Carol A; Bednar, David A (1996), "Keys to Market Success -- A Response and Another View", Journal of Retail Banking (Arlington, VA: Consumer Bankers Association in cooperation with the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia) 18 (4): 33, OCLC 91490898 
  • Bednar, David A; Reeves, Carol A; Lawrence, R Cayce (1995), "The Role of Technology in Banking -- Listen to the Customer", Journal of Retail Banking (Arlington, VA: Consumer Bankers Association in cooperation with the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia) 17 (3): 35, OCLC 91801203 
  • Reeves, Carol A; Bednar, David A (1995), "Quality as Symphony", The Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly (Ithaca, NY: School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University) 36 (3): 72, doi:10.1177/001088049503600323, OCLC 87629925 
  • Reeves, Carol A; Bednar, David A (July 1994), "Defining Quality: Alternatives and Implications", Academy of Management Review 19 (3): 419–445, doi:10.5465/amr.1994.9412271805, JSTOR 258934, OCLC 482675183 
  • White, Donald D.; Bednar, David A. (Winter 1984), "Locating problems with quality circles", National Productivity Review 4 (1): 45–52, doi:10.1002/npr.4040040106, OCLC 4663049108 
  • Bednar, David A.; Curington, William P. (April 1983), "Interaction Analysis: A Tool for Understanding Negotiations", Industrial and Labor Relations Review 36 (3): 389–401, JSTOR 2523018, OCLC 424819759 
  • Bednar, David A (Fall 1982), "Relationships between Communicator Style and Managerial Performance in Complex Organizations: A Field Study", Journal of Business Communication 19 (4): 51–76, doi:10.1177/002194368201900404, OCLC 424921115 
Religious articles

Awards[edit]

  • Burlington Northern Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching (1994)[10][11]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bednar and Dieter F. Uchtdorf were ordained on the same date to fill the vacancies created by the deaths of Haight and Maxwell.
  2. ^ a b "Biography:President David A. Bednar". BYU-Idaho. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Heaps, Julie Dockstader (20 November 2004). "New interim president to take helm at BYU-Idaho". Church News: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Hinckley, Gordon B. (November 2004), "Condition of the Church", Ensign: 4 
  5. ^ "LDS Living: Elder Bednar to pitch at Dodger's Stadium", ldsliving.com, 27 June 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  6. ^ Buzzanell, Patrice M., The Teacher-Scholar Model of the Redding Tradition 
  7. ^ Liberal Arts Magazine, Volume 11 No. 2 
  8. ^ Holman, Marianne (31 October 2009), "New sacred music", Church News 
  9. ^ "Elder David A. Bednar". lds.org. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  10. ^ http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/FacHonors/burlingtonhonors.html
  11. ^ http://www2.byui.edu/President/presbio.html

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 2, 2004—
Succeeded by
Quentin L. Cook
Academic offices
Preceded by
Steven D. Bennion
as President of Ricks College
President of Brigham Young University–Idaho
August 10, 2001—December 1, 2004
Succeeded by
Robert M. Wilkes
as interim President (2004—2005)
Kim B. Clark

as President of Brigham Young
University–Idaho (2005—current)
President of Ricks College
July 1, 1997—August 10, 2001