Lauded as a successful and effective leader, Presiding Bishop Gary E. Stevenson was honored on Sept. 13 by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University with the "Distinguished Executive Alumnus Award."
Bishop Stevenson, Presiding Bishop of the Church, graduated from the Huntsman School of Business in 1979 and while he was there he co-founded Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., a firm that went on to become the world's largest developer, manufacturer and marketer of fitness equipment.
Douglas D. Anderson, the dean of the Huntsman School of Business, said that Bishop Stevenson has been a successful, effective leader and exactly the type of person the school wants to hold up as an example. "Bishop Stevenson pays attention to the individual and has demonstrated that one who leads with integrity can succeed in today's global marketplace," he said. "In his Church service he's put his business skills to work, literally benefiting the thousands of people in need he has served. This award is the highest honor we can bestow, and we are proud we can recognize Bishop Stevenson as one of our graduates who has accomplished great things."
Bishop Stevenson said that his roots run deep when it comes to Utah State University and that he has fond memories of his time there and feels an allegiance to the Huntsman School of Business.
"It was in some of those classes that our minds were stimulated to the extent that we thought we wanted to apply these business principles that we were learning ourselves in a practical way, so we started a business," he said.
He said he feels "honored and undeserving" of the award.
"I am impressed with the progress and direction of what is now the Huntsman School of Business, and I think there is a great level of respect it is receiving," he said. "I think its stature just continues to grow and increase under the leadership of Dean Anderson and the great faculty and students who are there now."