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Brigham Young University—Hawaii President Visits Tonga

John S. Tanner, president of Brigham Young University—Hawaii, visited Tonga recently, part of a tour of several South Pacific nations.

While in Tonga, President Tanner and his wife, Susan W. Tanner, met with leaders and educators from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


John S. Tanner is the 10th president of Brigham Young University–Hawaii. He assumed the presidency in July 2015 after a thirty-year career as a professor and administrator at Brigham Young University in Provo. At BYU, President Tanner served as Academic Vice President, Associate Academic Vice President, English Department Chair, and Professor of English, with an emphasis in English Renaissance and Religious Literature.

Prior to his appointment as BYU­–Hawaii president, President Tanner had been serving in the Sunday School general presidency (2014-2015) and as president of the Brazil São Paulo South Mission (2011-2014) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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