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Stephen R Covey

Stephen R. Covey

Title: Co-Founder and Vice Chairman

Company: FranklinCovey

Location: Provo, Utah


Stephen R. Covey passed away in July 2012

Educational Background:

BS, Business Management, University of Utah, 1952
MBA, Harvard University, 1958
DRE, Brigham Young University, 1976 (Minor Area: Human Relationship and Leadership)

Huntsman School Interactions:

Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair in Leadership
Dean's Convocation Speaker - Thursday, September 28, 2010
Dean's Convocation Speaker - Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Recognized as one of Time Magazine’s "25 Most Influential Americans," Stephen R. Covey is an internationally-recognized leadership expert, a best-selling author and teacher. His work The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the "#1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century," and has sold more than 20 million copies in 38 languages. Other bestsellers authored by Dr. Covey include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness.

His organizational legacy to the world is Covey Leadership Center. On May 30, 1997, a merger of Covey Leadership Center with Franklin Quest created FranklinCovey. Dr. Covey is co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. FranklinCovey shares Dr. Covey’s vision, discipline and passion to inspire, lift and provide tools for change and growth of individuals and organizations throughout the world.

Dr. Covey earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Utah, an MBA from Harvard University, and a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University. He is also the recipient of eight honorary doctorate degrees, including one from Utah State University. He has made teaching principle-centered living and principle-centered leadership his life’s work. Dr. Covey’s vision to inspire individuals will continue to benefit students, the community, the state of Utah and the world through the strategic alliance between Dr. Covey and the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

Dr, Covey and his wife, Sandra, are the parents of nine children. They have 51 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Related Huntsman News Articles:

Stephen M. R. Covey Pays Tribute to His Father (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Spring 2013)
In Memoriam: Dr. Stephen R. Covey (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Fall 2012)
The All-American Maverick (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Spring 2012)