Ensign College

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Ensign College
Ensign College.png
Former names
Salt Lake Academy (1886–1888)
LDS University (1889–1927)
LDS College (1927–1931)
LDS Business College (1931–2020)
EstablishedNovember 15, 1886; 133 years ago (1886-11-15)
Religious affiliation
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
PresidentBruce C. Kusch
Academic staff
19 faculty, 92 adjunct faculty
Students2,200[1] officially enrolled
Other students
Also about 2,500 BYU-Pathway Worldwide students, remote learning[2]
Location, ,
United States

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)[3][4]
ColorsForest Green, Gold[5]
Ensign College wordmark.svg

Ensign College (formerly 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 knowledge. The college is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and operates under its Church Educational System. Ensign College offers one year certificates and two-year degrees in areas of business, technology, interior design, and medical assisting. It also includes an Institute of Religion and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.[7] On February 25, 2020, it was announced that LDSBC would change its name to Ensign College later that year.[8]


Latter-day Saints' University in 1905
2013 photo of the college (then-LDSBC) at its present home at the Triad Center
The facade of the college's building

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.[9] In 1888, it was renamed the Salt Lake Stake Academy, and a year later it was again renamed, this time Latter-day Saints' (LDS) University. By 1895 was offering a four-year course of study culminating in a Ph.B. degree.

LDS University never became a fully functioning university and was displaced as the church's preeminent 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 LDSBC, as the other higher-education functions were gone. Two of the school's presidents were James E. Talmage and Bryant S. Hinckley.[10][11]

For many years, the college was located in a former mansion several blocks 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, it moved to the Triad Center in 2006.[12]

Russell M. Nelson, the LDS Church's current president, initially took classes at LDSBC but later transferred to the University of Utah to complete his studies.[13]

The college is named after Ensign Peak, where Latter-day Saint immigrants waved a flag two days after their first arrival in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake in 1847.[2] The college's slogan is "Developing capable and trusted disciples of Jesus Christ."[2][14]

On September 1, 2020, LDSBC was renamed Ensign College. In the fall of 2021, Ensign College will begin offering four-year bachelor of applied science degrees in business management, information technology, and communications.[2][15]

List of presidents[edit]

The following is a list of former presidents of the institution:[16]

  • Karl G. Maeser (principal in charge): 1886–88;
  • Willard Done (acting principal): 1886–88;
  • James E. Talmage: 1888–92;
  • Willard Done: 1892–99;
  • 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[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Facts & Figures - LDSBC". LDSBC.edu. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Walch, Tad (September 1, 2020). "Why the newly renamed Ensign College is the only Latter-day Saint school without the BYU name". Deseret News.
  3. ^ Tiffany Erickson (2006-09-11). "New era at LDS Business College". Deseret News. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  4. ^ "Parcel search Details". Assessor.slco.org. 2013-05-18. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  5. ^ "Logo Trade Sheet" (PDF). LDS Business College. January 26, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "LDSBC". Campus Explorer. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Accreditation - LDSBC". Ldsbc.edu. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  8. ^ https://www.ldsbc.edu/lds-business-college-announces-name-change-and-other-significant-adjustments. Retrieved 2020-04-22. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Williams, Carter. "Looking back at the ever-changing LDS Business College over the past 130 years". ksl.com. KSL. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  10. ^ "President Gordon B. Hinckley". Ensign. March 2008.
  11. ^ D. Louise Brown. "College's Past Principals and Presidents Pay a Visit".
  12. ^ "LDS Business College moves next month | The Salt Lake Tribune". Archive.sltrib.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  13. ^ Holman, Marianne (April 19, 2011). "LDS Business College graduation: Goals great, greater and greatest". Church News. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  14. ^ "About | LDS Business College". www.ldsbc.edu. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  15. ^ Walch, Tad (2020-02-25). "LDS Business College renamed Ensign College on 'another day never to be forgotten'". Deseret News. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  16. ^ "The History of LDS Business College and its Parent Institutions 1886-1993, page 66". contentdm.lib.byu.edu. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  17. ^ "LDS Business College Names 13th President". www.mormonnewsroom.org. 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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