Henry J. Eyring

Traditional universities are an indispensable cornerstone of society and culture but financial, social, global and organizational pressures are forcing these organizations to drastically reform how they operate, or risk becoming obsolete. In today’s fast-paced and ultra-competitive environment, how can university leaders revive an endangered system?

Henry J. Eyring is the co-author (along with Clayton Christensen) of “The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out,” which examines how disruptive innovation can be applied to higher education and showcases which institutions are taking the lead. He makes the case that competitive adaptation by traditional institutions is both necessary and possible while exploring their DNA and resistance to change.

In his talks, Eyring addresses the crisis facing higher education, showing how traditional universities can continue to play their indispensible function by breaking with tradition and finding innovative, less costly ways of performing uniquely valuable functions, especially through embracing the very movement that now threatens to disrupt them: online learning.

Eyring serves as Advancement Vice President at BYU-Idaho, which is featured in “The Innovative University.” He worked formerly as a management consultant with Monitor Company; as the director of the MBA program at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management; and as a mission president for the Mormon Church in Japan. He is a director of SkyWest Airlines, the world’s largest regional airline. In addition to “The Innovative University,” Eyring is the author of two other books: “Mormon Scientist: The Life and Faith of Henry Eyring” and “Major Decisions: Taking Charge of Your College Education.”