Brian M. Hauglid appointed as new director of the Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies

05.29.2013 | Blair Hodges

The Maxwell Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian M. Hauglid as director of the Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies. He replaces Paul Y. Hoskisson, who is returning to full-time teaching in BYU’s department of Ancient Scripture in Religious Education.

“I’m thrilled that Dr. Hauglid has agreed to join our staff,” said M. Gerald Bradford, executive director of the Maxwell Institute. “He’s uniquely positioned to make the most of the Willes Center by cultivating the highest level of scholarship on the Book of Mormon.” Bradford added, “We also recognize all of the work and effort that Dr. Hoskisson has put into directing the Center these past years. We especially appreciate his work as editor of the Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture.

As director, Hauglid will oversee the publication of several of the Institute’s publications, including the Journal, and Studies in the Bible and Antiquity. In addition to studies on the Book of Mormon, the Willes Center focuses on the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, and other related subjects in their ancient and modern settings. He will also oversee the Institute’s annual Laura F. Willes Book of Mormon lecture, as well as various symposia and other sponsored events focusing on Restoration scriptures.

In accepting the new position, Hauglid expressed gratitude for the opportunity. “I’ve been working with the Institute for a number of years now, and I’m honored with this appointment,” Hauglid said. “I look forward to providing up-and-coming scholars with a valuable venue to pursue and publish solid research worthy of the Maxwell name.”

About Brian M. Hauglid

Hauglid is currently an associate professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Studies from Brigham Young University, and his master’s and PhD from the University of Utah in Arabic and Islamic studies. He has a distinguished history of working with the Maxwell Institute.  He’s editor of our Studies in the Bible and Antiquity, and a member of the editorial advisory board for the Eastern Christian Texts series in our Middle Eastern Texts Initiative. He was also a general editor of our Studies in the Book of Abraham series. He is married to the former Tessa McNamara, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They are the parents of three daughters.