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David K. Baggs


David K. Baggs

David K. Baggs

B.S. Business Administration/Travel Management, 1980
Corporate Attorney, Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) Ltd.
Luanda, Angola

For many people, choosing a college is a difficult choice; but for David Baggs, coming to BYU Hawaii was an easy choice, one that he made twice—before and after serving a mission to Hong Kong. He feels that his time as a student at the university was truly blessed because it was where he met his wife, made lifelong friends, gained valuable leadership experience, and solidified his testimony of the Savior. He says that BYU Hawaii offered “the multicultural educational, social, and spiritual experiences… [that] ultimately helped shape the international dimension of my life and chosen career path.”

After graduating from BYU Hawaii, Baggs attended Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management, where he earned a master’s degree, before moving to New York and eventually on to several countries in Asia to work in various assignments for Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A. Two decades later, he once again returned to school, this time at BYU in Provo, Utah for a J.D. degree. Upon graduation, he began working for ExxonMobil Corporation, where he continues to work today.

Baggs is also actively involved with many pro bono law organizations and groups who volunteer their time and legal knowledge, and, at some point, he would like to pursue a third career working in relief/aid in a developing country where help is greatly needed.

We are all masters of our own destiny. The choices we will make all impact that destiny – whether to study hard at school, whether we decide to let the Savior and his teachings influence our lives, the career path we choose, to whom we choose to marry or whether we choose to marry, whether we have children and when, whether we choose to balance career interests with family and other interests, among many other choices we are confronted with. We have all been given tools to help us make those choices – the light of Christ, the Holy Ghost, prayer, the scriptures, life experiences, family, friends, mentors, access to information, etc. That said, at the end of the day, we still have to make final choices ourselves and we have to live with and deal with the outcomes of whatever we choose.