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Scott Esplin named new dean of Religious Education

Brigham Young University Academic Vice President C. Shane Reese announced the appointment of Scott Esplin as the next dean of Religious Education, effective July 1.

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“Scott Esplin will be a tremendous asset as dean of Religious Education," Reese said. "He is a devoted teacher of the restored gospel and a strong scholar who will lead by example. His experience as a faculty member and leadership in the Religious Studies Center will be a strength to colleagues in Religious Education and the entire university community.”

Esplin, a professor of Church history and doctrine, will replace Daniel Judd, who has served as dean since 2019.

“Daniel Judd has been a strong leader helping to shape a strong vision for the future of Religious Education at BYU," Reese said. "His leadership reflects his deep commitment to the mission of BYU and the faith of students who have been fortunate to be in his presence.”

Esplin’s research and teaching interests include the Doctrine and Covenants, the history of Latter-day Saint education and Church historic sites. He also serves as the publications director for the Religious Studies Center and is a former associate department chair.

Before joining the faculty at BYU in 2006, he taught seminary and institute in the Church Educational System. A native of southern Utah, Esplin earned both a doctoral degree and master’s degree in educational leadership and foundations from BYU.

He is married to the former Janice Garrett, and they are the parents of four children.

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