Twice in the final years of his life, Elder Neal A. Maxwell told a grandson of Henry Eyring's, You need to write your grandfather's story. This is that story of Henry Eyring, perhaps the most acclaimed scientist ever to come from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a book about science and Mormonism, written to be easily understood by newcomers to both subjects. It demonstrates why one of the Church's highest-profile intellectuals was also one of its humblest believers. In fact, this story of Henry Eyring shows how intellect and belief go hand-in-hand and how simple, faithful people can change the world.
Henry J. Eyring is the 17th president of Brigham Young University-Idaho. He previously served as both the Academic and Advancement vide president at BYU-Idaho as well as director for the MBA program at Marriott School of Managment at Brigham Young University.
Eyring was born in Palo Alto, California to Henry B. Eyring and Kathleen Johnson Eyring. He later received B.S., MBA and J.D. degrees from Brigham Young University (1985, 1989, 1989) in Provo, Utah. After graduating, Eyring worked at the consulting firm Monitor Group from 1989 to 1998, During that time he also served as a director of SkyWest Airlines. From 2002 to 2003, he was a special partner with Peterson Capital.
From 2003-2006 Eyring served as the president of the Japan Tokyo North Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From 2007-2012 Eyring served as the president of the BYU–Idaho 6th Stake.
Eyring's first book was a biography of his grandfather and namesake, award-winning chemist Henry Eyring. He is also the co-author of a biography about his father and namesake, Henry B. Eyring, apostle and member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Eyring and his wife Kelly have five children and reside in Rexburg, Idaho. Their son, Henry C. Eyring, is a professor of accounting at the London School of Economics and Political Science.