The H. Taylor Peery Institute of Financial Services focuses on attracting high-quality faculty, developing new course material, fostering research, and providing students with employment opportunities, internships, and field studies. It also serves as an intermediary between students and financial leaders, bringing students one step closer to the industry.

Founding of the Institute

PeeryHeadshotThe creation of the H. Taylor Peery Institute was formally announced on 26 September 2001 at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City. BYU Marriott dean Ned C. Hill announced the new institute at a private banquet honoring Peery. “The financial industry has been greatly impacted by technology, new financial instruments, deregulation, and globalization,” Hill said. “The Peery Institute will help us create programs and curricula to prepare hundreds of students each year to enter the world H. Taylor Peery helped create.”

The institute is made possible by a $3 million endowment provided by Taylor’s children—Nancy Peery Marriott and her husband, Richard, and Richard Peery and his wife, Mimi. “We’re grateful for the generous contributions that honor H. Taylor Peery,” said Merrill J. Bateman, then president of BYU. “Students going through the Peery Institute will have a global reach and a tremendous impact for good.”

One of the first Stanford MBA graduates, Peery recognized the importance of education and emphasized applying classroom learning to every aspect of life. He followed a simple motto: “Grasp life by learning all you can.”

“We deeply appreciate this unique naming opportunity that fits so beautifully with our father’s beliefs, talents, and example,” Nancy Peery Marriott said. “Future generations will benefit from his humility and talents. The institute will build and bless many lives.”