Skip to main content

Tanner, John S.



  • Existence: 1950-

Biographical History

John S. Tanner (1950- ) is a English professor and university administrator in Utah.

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.


His Anxiety in Eden, 1992: CIP t.p. (John S. Tanner)

BYU Studies, vol. 50 no. 3, 2011: p. 20 (John S. Tanner; Academic Vice President of Brigham Young University, June 1, 2004 to February 1, 2011; Associate Academic Vice President to two previous BYU administrators; Chair of the English Department at BYU) p. 22 (BA in English form Brigham Young University, 1974; PhD from University of California at Berkeley in 1980; assistant professor at Florida State University; Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Brazil; mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sa̋o Paulo South Mission since July 1, 2011)

Wikipedia, website viewed 13 December 2011 (John S. Tanner, Mormon; John Sears Tanner; b. 1950; grew up in southern California; Academic Vice President at BYU; chair BYU English Department; author)

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website, via WWW, Dec. 28, 2015 (John S. Tanner; served as mission president in Brazil, 2011-2014; first counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency; appointed president of Brigham Young University--Hawaii on May 12, 2015)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Committee on Competence and Academic Freedom collection on academic freedom, 1984-1999

 Series — Carton: 2
Identifier: UA 5742 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, memorandums, newspaper articles, clippings, and other material about academic freedom and Brigham Young University's Committee on Competence and Academic Freedom. Some materials appear to have been collected by John Tanner, which may not have initially been part of the committee's records. Dated 1984 to 1999.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1984-1999

Committee on Competence and Academic Freedom records

Identifier: UA 5742
Content Description Contains memorandums, policy drafts, clippings, articles, and other materials assembled by the committee during the development of its policy. Also contains correspondence and other materials from John Tanner, who served as head of Committee on Competence and Academic Freedom. Materials date from between 1984 to 1999.
Dates: 1984-1999