Brian Pyper, a physics professor at BYU-Idaho, joined the Madison School Board in July 2012 to represent the patrons of Zone #2. He and his family—which includes his wife, Heidi, and four children—have lived in Rexburg for 13 years. Three of their kids are school-age and attend Madison schools.
Like the other members of the school board, serving wasn’t something on his agenda. But when the opportunity came, he was eager to participate. “I was willing to serve if asked,” he said.
Pyper has also previously served the country for 15 years in the Utah National Guard. Pyper is also a lifelong Boy Scouter. He’s held distinguished positions in the scouting organization and has earned the Silver Beaver award—the highest awarded honor in scouting.
His lifelong passion is physics. He holds three degrees in physics from different universities in Utah, and currently serves in notable leadership positions on national physics committees and associations. He also serves as Director of Physics Education at BYU-Idaho.
Pyper grew up in Salt Lake City, graduating from Olympus High School in 1984. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University (Provo) in 1991, his Master’s Degree from the University of Utah in 1994, and his Ph.D. from Utah State University in 2003.
Pyper encourages district patrons to contact him with questions or concerns via email.