New Director Appointed for the Maxwell Institute

In June Brigham Young University announced the appointment of M. Gerald Bradford as the new executive director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Bradford, previously associate executive director of the Maxwell Institute, replaces Andrew C. Skinner, who has accepted an assignment at the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies and is returning to teaching and research.

“We express deep appreciation to Andrew Skinner for his service as Executive Director of the Maxwell Institute for the past three years. Jerry Bradford’s experience as an administrator and researcher have prepared him well to assume this role,” said BYU Academic Vice President John S. Tanner. “We’re confident that he will continue to inspire his colleagues to preserve and study critical texts and promote faithful Latter-day Saint scholarship of the highest order.”

Bradford joined FARMS in 1995 as director of research. Prior to that appointment, he was executive director of the Western Center of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, with offices on the campus of the University of California, Irvine. He also has taught courses in religious education and philosophy at BYU and religious studies courses at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Bradford earned his PhD in religious studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has a master’s degree in business administration and finance from San Francisco State University. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.