Kim Clark

CEDAR CITY — People are born to learn, said Brigham Young University-Idaho President Kim Clark, addressing more than 100 statewide education representatives, lawmakers and other officials this afternoon.

"Teachers in here know that. If you can just light that fire, it's amazing what kids can do," Clark said.

Clark presented a learning model to the group, which was together for joint meetings at Southern Utah University in Cedar City today.

The learning model focuses on peer interaction, including online communication. Part of it is threefold, having students teach to learn, learn to teach and learn to learn, he said.

He was the keynote speaker for the meeting that included members of the State Board of Regents, State Board of Education, public education appropriations subcommittee, education interim committee, higher education appropriations subcommittee, and governor's office representatives.

Clark, a Salt Lake native, has been leading BYU-Idaho since June 2005.

The president said the school is preparing for the new generation of young people who are extremely technologically proficient.

These students are the ones who can easily go out, get lots of and have a process that really allows them the capacity to use their talents and skills," Clark said.

Clark began his undergraduate education at Harvard University where he completed his freshman year in 1968 prior to serving a two-year mission in the South German Mission.

Before returning to Harvard, he studied for one year at BYU. It was there that he discovered his love for education and the love of his life, Sue

Lorraine Hunt. They were married in June 1971 prior to returning to Harvard University where he completed his education, earning bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in economics.

In 1978 Clark became a member of the faculty at the Harvard Business School. At the time of his departure to become the president of BYU-Idaho, he was serving as dean of the school and the George F. Baker professor of administration.

Clark and his wife are the parents of seven children.