I’m pleased to announce two important changes this month to the administration of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.
First, I’m delighted that Dr. Kristian S. Heal has today accepted an invitation from Professor Alan Harker, Brigham Young University’s associate academic vice president for research and graduate studies, to serve as the associate director of the Institute for a three-year term. In this new role, Dr. Heal will assist me in directing the Institute’s academic programs, development efforts, and communications.
Dr. Heal has served for the past thirteen years as director of the Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts, where he focused primarily on digital humanities and publication projects relating to Syriac and Eastern Christian literatures, Syriac manuscripts in the Vatican Library, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. In this new role, Dr. Heal will provide much needed administrative support and leadership for the Institute, while continuing to be an active and productive member of the Institute’s research faculty.
I’m also delighted to announce Jeremy King will serve as Institute Administrator and Controller. This is an important refinement to King’s title, which clarifies his vital role in the Maxwell Institute’s day-to-day operations. In this capacity, he’ll manage both daily operations and general administrative services for the Institute, including human resources, budgets, facilities management, IT support, and events.
I could not be more pleased with the Institute’s administrative staff, who are dedicated to providing the best possible environment for our community of disciple-scholars to flourish.