Dean's Message: Progress Through Prophecy

Dean Rodney Brown
Dean Rodney Brown

Brigham Young University is closer to the visions and prophecies of those who preceded us than it has ever been. So is its College of Life Sciences. How can we come to such a conclusion?

The students who come here are better prepared to take advantage of what is here for them. For example, the 7,200+ first-year students who started this semester had an average ACT score of 28.8 and an average high school GPA of 3.83; 96 percent were four-year seminary graduates.

Imagine the difficulty of providing enough challenge for the kind of students we work with every day. Having an outstanding faculty is the most important ingredient in building a successful college or university. This requires far more from faculty members than just reading about what to teach. Faculty members must be outstanding teachers and national and international leaders in their fields of knowledge. In addition, they must not only teach students, but also include students in their research work and show students the connection between their academic knowledge and their testimony of more important things. This is the key to successfully teaching our students.

To continue to progress, we not only require inspired teaching, but also research buildings and all the equipment, instruments, and so on that they contain. The new Life Sciences Building described on the following pages shows this progress, the latest of a series of new or renovated facilities in the College of Life Sciences.

We read about Karl G. Maeser’s dream of “great temples of learning”1 on temple hill. We can hear in our minds the words of President Spencer W. Kimball saying, “We expect—we do not merely hope—that Brigham Young University will become a leader among the great universities of the world.”2 Most encouraging of all though, is seeing Brigham Young University move each day toward the realization of these


1. Ernest L. Wilkinson and Leonard J. Arrington, eds., Brigham Young University: The First One Hundred Years (Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 1976), 3:3.
2. Spencer W. Kimball, “Second Century Address,” BYU Studies 16, no. 4 (1976): 445–458.