LDS Business College

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LDS Business College
LDSBC Medallion Logo.png
Former names
Salt Lake Academy (1886–1888)
LDS University (1889–1927)
LDS College (1927–1931)
TypePrivate not-for-profit
EstablishedNovember 15, 1886
AffiliationThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
PresidentBruce C. Kusch
Academic staff
19 faculty, 92 adjunct faculty
Location, ,
Coordinates: 40°46′16″N 111°53′57″W / 40.771187°N 111.899177°W / 40.771187; -111.899177
CampusUrban, 10-story building, 151,582 square feet (14,082.4 m2)[2][3]
Anthem"Rise and Shine Forth"
ColorsForest Green, Gold[4]
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LDS Business College (LDSBC) is a private two-year college in Salt Lake City, Utah that is focused on training students in business and industry. The college is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and operates under its Church Educational System. LDSBC offers one year certificates and two-year degrees in business administration, interior design, and healthcare. The college also furnishes an Institute of Religion. It is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.[6]


The Latter-day Saints' University in 1905.
Current home of the college at the Triad Center in Salt Lake City.
LDS Business College façade.

The Salt Lake Academy was founded in 1886, with high school, normal, business and college courses of study. The school had 84 students upon its opening.[7] In 1888, it was renamed the Salt Lake Stake Academy, and a year later it was again renamed, this time Latter-day Saints' University. By 1895 was offering a four-year course of study culminating in a Ph.B. degree.

Latter-day Saints never became a fully functioning university and was displaced as the preeminent LDS higher learning center by Brigham Young University in the early 20th century. The college was closely linked with Latter-day Saints High School, which counted among the graduates George W. Romney (1926) and Gordon B. Hinckley (1928).

In 1927, the name of LDS University was changed to LDS College and then to LDS Business College, as the other higher-education functions were gone. Two of the school's presidents were James E. Talmage and Bryant S. Hinckley.[8][9]

For many years LDSBC was located in a former mansion along South Temple, east of the Salt Lake Temple, at 411 East South Temple. As part of the LDS Church's efforts to revitalize downtown Salt Lake City, the college moved to the Triad Center in the summer of 2006.[10]

Russell M. Nelson, the current president of the LDS Church, initially took classes at LDSBC but later transferred to the University of Utah to complete his studies.[11]

List of Presidents[edit]

The following is a list of former presidents of LDS Business College:[12]

  • Karl G. Maeser (principal in charge): 1886-88;
  • Willard Done (acting principal): 1886-88;
  • James E. Talmage: 1888-92;
  • Willard Done: 1992-99;
  • Joshua H. Paul: 1899-1905;
  • Willard Young: 1905-15;
  • Guy C. Wilson: 1915-26;
  • Feramorz Y. Fox: 1926-48;
  • Kenneth S. Bennion: 1948-61;
  • R. Ferris Kirkham: 1961-86;
  • Kenneth H. Beesley: 1986-91;
  • Stephen K. Woodhouse: 1992-2008;
  • J. Lawrence Richards: 2008-17;
  • Bruce C. Kusch: 2017–present[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Facts & Figures - LDSBC". Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  2. ^ Tiffany Erickson (2006-09-11). "New era at LDS Business College". Deseret News. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  3. ^ "Parcel search Details". 2013-05-18. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  4. ^ "Logo Trade Sheet" (PDF). LDS Business College. January 26, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  5. ^ "LDSBC". Campus Explorer. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Accreditation - LDSBC". Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  7. ^ Williams, Carter. "Looking back at the ever-changing LDS Business College over the past 130 years". KSL. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  8. ^ "President Gordon B. Hinckley". Ensign. March 2008.
  9. ^ D. Louise Brown. "College's Past Principals and Presidents Pay a Visit".
  10. ^ "LDS Business College moves next month | The Salt Lake Tribune". Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  11. ^ Holman, Marianne (April 19, 2011). "LDS Business College graduation: Goals great, greater and greatest". Church News. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  12. ^ "The History of LDS Business College and its Parent Institutions 1886-1993, page 66". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  13. ^ "LDS Business College Names 13th President". 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2018-11-19.


  • Beesley, K. H. (1992). LDS Business College. In D. H. Ludlow (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mormonism. New York: Macmillan.

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