Snow College President Steven D. Bennion was named president of Ricks College Friday.
Bennion's appointment was announced at the Rexburg, Idaho, college at the same time his resignation as Snow president was announced to the State Board of Regents during their monthly meeting in St. George.Bennion, 47, will leave the helm of the Ephraim school July 1, the same date that regent Chairman W. Eugene Hansen relinquishes his position as a regent. Bennion succeeds Joe J. Christensen as president of Ricks, a junior college owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Both Elder Christensen and Elder Hansen have been called to the church's First Quorum of Seventy.
Ricks has an enrollment of 7,500 and is the largest privately owned two-year college in the United States.
Bennion was appointed president of Snow College on Sept. 13, 1982, after serving as associate commissioner for planning in the Utah System of Higher Education.
He previously worked in education and budget planning for the University of Wisconsin System of Higher Education and was director of a Wisconsin master plan for nursing education that became a model for the nation.
He also served for two years as manager of program development and marketing services in the church's Welfare Services Department.
A political science graduate from the University of Utah, Bennion received his master of public administration degree from Cornell University and his doctorate in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin. He was also a Fulbright scholar to the Pacific Islands and is a member of a numerous academic and professional organizations.
Bennion is the first counselor in the Ephraim Utah Stake. He was an LDS missionary to Scotland and has served as a bishop, a bishop's counselor, a counselor in another stake presidency and a member of three stake high councils.
In 1963, he married Marjorie Hopkins of Vernal. They are the parents of three sons and a daughter. He is the son of community worker Lowell L. Bennion and his wife, Merle.