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Presidents of Ricks College & BYU-Idaho  

Brief biographies and historical information about past presidents of Ricks College and Brigham Young University-Idaho
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Welcome!  Here you can find all the information you want to know about the history of BYU-Idaho and its presidents.



Note: All information for this timeline was found in The Spirit of Ricks, by David L. Crowder and the school's Public Relation's Office

  • Monday, Nov 12, 1888: Bannock Stake Academy created
    Jacob Spori served concurrently on the faculty and as the first principal from 1888 to 1891.
    Tuition for the school term was set at $4 for intermediate students, $3 for preparatory students, and $2 for primary students.
  • Thursday, Jul 23, 1891: Principal Spori Resigns
    Principal Spori had used his own resources to aid the academy to such an extent that he was in debt. He resigned on July 23, 1891, so he could put his “house in order.”
  • Saturday, Aug 6, 1898: Bannock Stake Academy becomes Fremont Stake Academy
    Because of an expanding Latter-day Saint population, Bannock Stake was divided on this day. The new stake, encompassing Fremont County, was given the name of Fremont Stake. The academy subsequently changed its name to Fremont Stake Academy.
  • Saturday, May 27, 1899: Principal Cole resigns
    Douglas M. Todd took his place.
  • Saturday, Jun 15, 1901: Ezra C. Dalby becomes principal
    Ezra C. Dalby replaced Principal Todd as principal of Fremont Stake Academy.
  • Wednesday, Mar 5, 1902: Fremont Stake Academy becomes Ricks Academy
    The First Presidency suggested that the school be named the Ricks Academy in honor of the last stake President Thomas E. Ricks.
  • Monday, Oct 12, 1914: Andrew B. Christenson become principal of Ricks Academy
    Principal Dalby was let go as principal, as community members and the superintendent felt he was too liberal.
  • Wednesday, Jun 21, 2000: Announcement that Ricks would become BYU-Idaho
    The announcement was made by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Board of Trustees of Ricks College that Ricks College would change from a two-year junior college status to a four-year institution.
  • Friday, Aug 10, 2001: Ricks College becomes BYU-Idaho
    Ricks College officially became Brigham Young University-Idaho.
  • Wednesday, Jun 30, 2004: Accreditation Received
    Accreditation at the baccalaureate level was gained through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Commission also reaffirmed accreditation at the associate level.

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