My interview with Chad Ford, BYU Hawaii professor and NBA draft expert for ESPN

An hour-long interview with BYU-Hawaii professor Chad Ford was among the highlights of my trip to Hawaii in mid April.

He met me at his office wearing a T-shirt, jeans and sandals. I found him to be a pleasant, friendly guy who is really passionate about his career and family. He also admitted to being a Star Wars geek.

Chad Ford is a professor and director of the David O. McKay Center for Cultural Understanding at BYU-Hawaii. He is also an NBA draft expert for ESPN.

Chad Ford is a professor and director of the David O. McKay Center for Cultural Understanding at BYU-Hawaii. He is also an NBA draft expert for ESPN.

Two articles I wrote in June summarize our conversation pretty well. The first article describes his dual professional life and the second offers tips for peace building in families. It’s a very timely message.

I’m a sports guy, I love basketball and we talked about his work with the NBA. He was kind to give me a few tips for how to build relationships with sources in the news business. He told me about his admiration for players Dikembe Mutombo and Luol Deng, great men and players who have made a difference for their African nations.

But I was more taken by his dedication to peace building/conflict mediation and his travels around the world. He graciously shared a few gospel insights and principles for peace building in families. I will take all the help I can get in attempting to keep the peace at home.

Not everything I collected made it into the articles. Here are a few photos that offer a little more insight into this fascinating guy.

His bookshelves were loaded with books about peace building and conflict resolution.

His bookshelves reflect his education, his career and world travels.

One of Chad Ford's favorite scriptures comes from the Book of Mormon.

One of Chad Ford’s favorite scriptures comes from the Book of Mormon.

Ford loves visiting the Holy Land and learning about the life of LDS Church President David O. McKay, who founded and had a unique vision for BYU-Hawaii.

Ford loves visiting the Holy Land and learning about the life of LDS Church President David O. McKay, who founded and had a unique vision for BYU-Hawaii.

Ford concludes a visit with a student in his office.

Ford concludes a visit with a student in his office.

This sign was on Ford's door.

This sign was on Ford’s door. Seems like good advice.

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Trent Toone

My name is Trent Toone and I’m a journalist for the Deseret News, where I write for a variety of feature sections. I was raised in Northern Utah and graduated from the University of Utah in 2003. Since then I have worked for several newspapers and received various awards over my journalism career. I am the author of “No Excuses, No Regrets: The Eric Weddle Story,” the sports biography of San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle. I served an LDS mission to Santiago, Chile, and spent a year teaching seminary. Like my father before me, I am a proud Eagle Scout. My wife Lisa and I have four children and live in Northern Utah. Feel free to contact me by emailing to trent.b.toone (at) gmail (dot) com.

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