Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the Brigham Young University-Idaho Fall Commencement speaker on Dec. 19, 2009. Commencement will begin at 9 a.m. in the John W. Hart Auditorium.

Elder Scott was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Oct. 1, 1988. Prior to this call, he served in the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy since April 1977.

Elder Scott graduated from George Washington University with a degree in mechanical engineering and later completed his post-graduate work in nuclear engineering at Oak Ridge, Tenn. He served a full-time mission in Uruguay; and he married his wife, Jeanene, on July 16, 1953. They are the parents of seven children.

Serving the Church in many capacities, Elder Scott presided over the Argentina North Mission in Cordoba, Argentina, from 1965-1969. He has also served as a regional representative in the Uruguay, Paraguay, North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington D.C. areas.

Representing the Church Educational System (CES) during commencement will be Elder Paul V. Johnson, who has served as commissionser since 2008. Previous to being called as commissioner, he served as a member of the Chile Area Presidency and served as the CES administrator of religious, elementary and secondary education.

For more information, please visit www.byui.edu/graduation.