Kim B. Clark

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Kim B. Clark
Elder Kim B. Clark (40884748324).jpg
Emeritus General Authority
October 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 4, 2015 (2015-04-04) – October 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
Called byThomas S. Monson
End reasonDesignated as emeritus general authority
15th President of Brigham Young University–Idaho
In office
August 19, 2005 – April 13, 2015
PredecessorDavid A. Bednar
SuccessorClark Gilbert
Personal details
Born (1949-03-20) March 20, 1949 (age 72)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Alma materHarvard University (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)
Spouse(s)Sue Lorraine Hunt Clark

Kim Bryce Clark (born March 20, 1949) is an American scholar, educator, and religious leader who has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since April 2015,[1] and the church's seventeenth Commissioner of Church Education since August 2015.[2] He served previously as the 15th president of Brigham Young University–Idaho from 2005 to 2015, and as the dean of the Harvard Business School (HBS) from 1995 to 2005, where he was also the George F. Baker Professor of Business Administration.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Kim B. Clark was born on March 20, 1949, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He and his family lived in Salt Lake City until 1960, when his father's new job required them to move to Spokane, Washington. Clark matriculated at Harvard University in 1967 as a pre-med major and left after his freshman year to serve as a missionary for the LDS Church in Germany. Following his mission, Clark enrolled for a time at Brigham Young University. In 1971, he resumed his studies at Harvard, where he received B.A. (1974), MA (1977), and Ph.D. (1978) degrees in economics.[4][5]

Clark joined the Harvard faculty in 1978 and served as Dean of the Harvard Business School from 1995 to 2005.[6]

As a professor at the Harvard Business School, Clark's research focused on modularity in design and the integration of technology and competition in industry evolution, particularly within the computer industry. He has published several articles in the Harvard Business Review and peer-reviewed academic journals. A few of his papers were co-authored with former HBS associate dean and former BYU-Hawaii president Steven C. Wheelwright.[4]

In 2005, Clark left the Harvard Business School when LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley appointed him president of BYU–Idaho.[7]

On January 27, 2015, it was announced that effective April 13, 2015, Clark would be succeeded by Clark Gilbert as the president of BYU–Idaho.[8]

LDS Church service and family[edit]

Clark has served in various assignments in the LDS Church, including bishop, scoutmaster, elders quorum president, Sunday School teacher, and counselor in a stake mission presidency. From 2007 to 2014, Clark served as an area seventy in the church's Idaho Area. On April 4, 2015, Clark was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.[9] On August 1, 2015, he succeeded Paul V. Johnson as the Commissioner of Church Education.[2] He was designated as an emeritus general authority in October 2019.[10]

Clark and his wife, Sue, have seven children.[11]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Five new General Authorities sustained during LDS Church's general conference". Church News. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b Prescott, Marianne Holman (August 5, 2015). "Seminary and Institute histories to be released". Church News. Archived from the original on October 6, 2017. Retrieved August 7, 2015..
  3. ^ Bongiorno, Lori; Byrne, John A. "Kim Clark Means Business Now", Bloomberg Businessweek, 25 September 1995. Retrieved on 6 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Kim B. Clark", Faculty & Research: Faculty,, Harvard Business School, retrieved 2014-09-11
  5. ^ Heaps, Julie Dockstader (October 15, 2005), "President installed at BYU-Idaho", LDS Church News, retrieved 2014-09-11
  6. ^ Christensen, Clayton. "If Harvard Business School were a religion, it could be Mormonism", The Washington Post, 14 May 2012. Retrieved on 6 March 2020.
  7. ^ Mower, Daniel (October 12, 2005), "Kim B. Clark inaugurated as BYU-Idaho's fifteenth president", (Press release), BYU Idaho, archived from the original on 2011-09-28
  8. ^ "Clark Gilbert announced as new president of BYU-I", KSL January 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "New General Authorities, Young Men Presidency and Primary Presidency Changes Announced". Newsroom. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  10. ^ Eyre, Aubrey. "These 9 General Authority Seventies received emeritus status during general conference", Church News, 5 October 2019. Retrieved on 26 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Dr. Kim B. Clark",, BYU Idaho, archived from the original on 2014-09-12, retrieved 2014-09-11
  12. ^ a b Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (PDF), Marketing & Communication Division, Boy Scouts of America, 2008, archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-12, retrieved 2014-09-11

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert M. Wilkes
as interim President (2004–2005)
David A. Bednar

as President (1997–2004)
President of Brigham Young University–Idaho
August 19, 2005 – April 13, 2015
Succeeded by
Clark Gilbert