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George Samuel Romney (1874December 19, 1935) was the president of Bannock Stake Academy, now Brigham Young University–Idaho, at the end of the First World War. He was a key figure in helping it to survive the postwar depression. Before its latest rename it was known as Ricks College.

Romney was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was born in St. George, Utah.[1] When he was young, his family moved to the Mormon colonies in Mexico, so that his father could continue practicing plural marriage, which was illegal in the United States.

After marrying and having several children, Romney returned to the United States at the start of the Mexican Revolution, specifically to flee the disruptive activities of Pancho Villa.

By 1917 Romney was a faculty member at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. In the summer of that year Romney was appointed principal of Bannock Stake Academy to replace Andrew B. Christensen. In 1918, the school was granted state certification. It was then renamed Ricks Normal College. By the time students returned for Fall Semester, they not only had a new name, but they were now led by a president.[2][3]

Under Brother Romney's leadership, the school instituted standards of dress and conduct that all students agreed to follow in 1922.

In 1923, the name of the school was changed again to Ricks College. Brother Romney continued to lead it in its broadened mission. In 1930 Brother Romney was replaced by Hyrum Manwaring.

After his service as president of Ricks College, Brother Romney served as president of the Northern States Mission. He died while serving in this position and was replaced by Bryant S. Hinckley.

Brother Romney's son Marion G. Romney became an Apostle and a member of the First Presidency. Brother Romney was also the uncle of Michigan governor George W. Romney.

Notes

  1. Howard, F. Burton. Marion G. Romney: His Life and Faith. (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988) p. 10.
  2. Public Relations Office – BYU–Idaho
  3. Public Relations Office – BYU–Idaho

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