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John Sears Tanner was born in 1950 and raised in Southern California. He studied English at Brigham Young University (BYU), and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980. He taught at Florida State University and BYU. He later served in the BYU administration, and was Academic Vice President between 2004 and 2011.
In 2011 Tanner left the university to serve as a mission president in São Paulo, Brazil for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After his return in 2014 he was called as the first counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency of the Church.
On May 12, 2015, Tanner was announced as the president of Brigham Young University--Hawaii.
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