Hyrum W. Smith
Hyrum W. Smith (1943-)
Hyrum W. Smith has been a great supporter of Dixie State University ever since he married Dixie Alumna Gail Cooper Smith in 1966. However, education has always been an important part of Hyrum’s life. He was born in Centerville, Utah, and spent most of his formative years in Hawaii, where his father was president of the Speech Department at the University of Hawaii and his mother taught sixth grade.
After graduating from high school, Hyrum moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked for the first congressman from Hawaii, Daniel Inouye. He went on to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in London and then was drafted into the U.S. Army. Hyrum graduated with honors from Officer Candidate School and served as the field commander of a Pershing missile battery in Germany.
Hyrum graduated from Brigham Young University in 1971 and went to work with ADP, a pioneering data processing firm, where he became senior vice president for sales. In 1981, he formed his own sales management training company, Golden Eagle Motivation.
In 1983, Hyrum helped create the popular Franklin Day Planner. He also helped form the Franklin Quest Company to produce the planner and train individuals on time-management principles. Hyrum served as vice chairman of the Board of Franklin Covey Company, Franklin Quest’s successor, until 2004. Hyrum is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and the author of several nationally acclaimed books.
Hyrum and Gail’s generosity and loyal support of Dixie State made it possible for the institution to purchase the buildings that were constructed on campus as part of the original Dixie Convention Center. Together, these buildings — the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center, Burns Arena, and Smith's Computer Center — were named the Avenna Center.
Over the years, Hyrum has received numerous honors and community service awards. He has served on several boards of directors and national advisory councils and has received three honorary doctorate degrees.
Hyrum and Gail enjoy life at their ranch in Gun- lock, Utah. They have six children and 24 grandchildren.