“New President, Vice-president for BYU—Hawaii,” Ensign, July 1986, 75
Alton L. Wade, formerly president of Dixie College in St. George, Utah, has been named president of Brigham Young University—Hawaii, BYU President Jeffrey R. Holland has announced.
In addition, R. Lanier Britsch, a professor of Asian history at BYU, has been named academic vice-president of BYU—Hawaii. The appointments are effective July 1.
President Wade succeeds J. Elliot Cameron, who was appointed in March as commissioner of education for the Church. Vice-president Britsch replaces Eric B. Shumway, who has been called as president of the Church’s Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission.
Before becoming president of Dixie College in 1981, Brother Wade served as a zone administrator in the Church Educational System. The Leamington, Utah, native has also served as an administrator of Church schools in the Pacific area and as a teacher, vice-principal, and principal of the Church College of New Zealand. He has a doctorate in educational administration from BYU.
Brother Britsch joined the BYU faculty in 1966. He received both his bachelor’s degree in Asian studies and anthropology and his master’s degree in history from BYU, and his doctorate in Asian studies from Claremont Graduate School. He is a native of Provo, Utah.
BYU—Hawaii is a four-year school with an enrollment of about 1,900 students, primarily from Hawaii, the Pacific, and Asia.