“Elder Kim B. Clark,” Ensign, May 2015, 140
A lifetime of education—as a student and a teacher—will benefit Elder Kim Bryce Clark in his new assignment in the First Quorum of the Seventy. Sustained on April 4, 2015, Elder Clark will begin his service just weeks after he finishes his assignment as president of Brigham Young University–Idaho.
“I have been in school since I was five years old,” the newly called Seventy said. “I love learning and teaching.”
He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 20, 1949, to Merlin and Helen Mar Clark, the eldest of three children. He spent his childhood in Salt Lake City until age 11, when his father took a job in Spokane, Washington.
Although he had planned to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, as a junior in high school he felt he needed to explore other options and decided to apply to Harvard University in Massachusetts—a place that would eventually become his home for more than three decades.
After his freshman year of study at Harvard, Elder Clark served in the South German Mission from 1968 to 1970. Upon his return he attended BYU, where he soon met Sue Lorraine Hunt in his ward. They were married a few months later on June 14, 1971. They are the parents of seven children.
Right after they were married, the couple moved to the Boston, Massachusetts, area, where Elder Clark again enrolled at Harvard. There he earned a bachelor of arts degree, a master of arts degree, and a PhD—all in economics. Elder Clark became a member of the Harvard Business School faculty in 1978 and was later named as the school’s dean in 1995. In 2005 he was named the president of BYU–Idaho, where he served for nearly a decade.
Elder Clark has served as an elders quorum president, ward executive secretary, bishop’s counselor, bishop, high councilor, stake mission president’s counselor, and Area Seventy.