Church Announces BYU–Pathway Worldwide

Church Announces BYU–Pathway Worldwide

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the creation of a global higher-education organization, BYU–Pathway Worldwide (BYU–PW). The institution will have responsibility for all online certificate and degree programs offered by the Church Educational System (CES).

Clark G. Gilbert, current president of BYU–Idaho, will oversee this new organization. BYU–Pathway Worldwide will be based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will begin operating May 1, 2017.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, made these announcements Tuesday during a press conference on Temple Square.



BYU–Pathway Worldwide has its roots in BYU–Idaho’s Pathway program, which began in 2009 with 50 total students at three pilot sites in Idaho, Arizona and New York. The program has since expanded to nearly 500 sites in 50 countries and has served 57,000 students.

Gilbert’s previous experience in mentoring students, navigating the ever-changing world of communication technology and building and leading large organizations makes him a sound fit to head BYU–PW. He left a faculty position at Harvard Business School in 2006 to work in student services at BYU–Idaho. Since then he has filled assignments as CEO of Deseret Digital Media (2009), president of Deseret News (2010) and president of BYU–Idaho (2015).

“Based on the rapid growth of the Pathway program, the educational needs across the Church and the need to work with other Church institutions to make this work, it is the right time to expand Pathway,” Gilbert said. “We are part of a worldwide Church, and there are members all across the world who are ready for this.”

For more see Mormon Newsroom (Featured image also from Mormon Newsroom)

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