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BYU Undergraduate Education has new appointees

Paul Kerry, associate professor of history, and Phillip Rash, associate clinical professor at the Counseling and Career Center, have accepted new appointments in the Office of Undergraduate Education at Brigham Young University effective July 1.

Kerry is serving in a new position as associate dean working with prestigious scholarships and programs, while Rash will serve as an assistant dean and will be responsible for the Freshman Mentoring Program.

“We express gratitude to Patricia Esplin, who recently completed an extended period of service in Undergraduate Education,” said John Bell, dean of Undergraduate Education. Esplin has been actively involved in initiatives for first-year students at BYU since 1996, serving as director of the Freshman Mentoring Program (formerly Freshman Academy).

“Under her guidance, Freshman Mentoring operated as a model peer-mentoring program with collaboration and support from colleges, academic departments, and student affairs and other stakeholders,” said Bell.  

Esplin is an internationally respected voice in the learning communities movement and in the development of undergraduate peer mentoring as a viable means of supporting students during their first year at BYU, increasing both retention and satisfaction. She has presented at numerous local, national and international conferences.

Kerry is a member of the European Studies faculty. His training spans several universities including Oxford, Harvard, and Chicago and his publications have engaged with European intellectual history, transatlantic ideas, and historiography.

A licensed psychologist, Rash has been manager of BYU's Career and Academic Success Center.

For more information, contact Undergraduate Education at 801-422-3037, ugrad@byu.edu.

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