Brigham Young University Academic Vice President Shane Reese announced new administrative appointments, including an interim dean, associate dean and five new department chairs. All these new hires are effective July 1.
Kendra Hall-Kenyon was named the interim dean of the David O. McKay School of Education. A search for the next full-time dean will begin soon. Hall-Kenyon will fill in for Richard Osguthorpe, who was recently named an associate academic vice president. Hall-Kenyon earned a B.S. in family science from BYU and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in human development from Columbia University. She has taught at BYU since 2002.
"I am grateful to Kendra for taking on this new responsibility. I know she will have an impact on her college during her time as interim dean," Reese said.
Grant Lundberg will move from his position as department chair of German and Russian, a role he’s held since 2016, to associate dean in the College of Humanities. Lundberg has taught at BYU since 1999 and earned degrees from both BYU and the University of Kansas.
"Grant will help round out our wonderful leadership in the College of Humanities," Reese said. "His decades of experience at BYU will be a blessing to the students and faculty."
"Each of these newly appointed department chairs are the best fits for their respective departments," Reese said. "I look forward to seeing them serve as mentors and leaders over the next several years."
Jennifer Bown replaces Lundberg in the Department German and Russian in the College of Humanities. She completed her B.A. in Russian at BYU and her Ph.D. in Slavic linguistics from The Ohio State University.
Sarah Anne Clark replaces Hall-Kenyon in the Department of Teacher Education in the McKay School. She holds two degrees from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. from Utah State University.
Jaron Hansen replaces David Dearden in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Hansen completed his undergraduate work at Utah State University, received a Ph.D. from Purdue and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Ty Hopkins replaces Allen Parcell in the Department of Exercise Sciences in the College of Life Sciences. Hopkins holds degrees from BYU and Indiana State University.
James LeCheminant replaces Merrill Christensen in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science in the College of Life Sciences. He earned two degrees from BYU and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.