Academic Vice President John S. Tanner has announced the appointment of Jeffrey D. Keith as a new associate academic vice president for undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University effective July 1.
He replaces K. Newell Dayley, who will retire from university service Sept. 1.
“We thank Newell for his long and distinguished service to the university, including his work as a dean and as an associate academic vice president,” said Tanner. “He has been an able administrator with a deft touch for interpersonal relationships.”
“We’re also excited that Jeff is willing to serve,” Tanner said. “He has had experience with our academic unit reviews and has been a fine chair of the Geological Sciences Department. He has a passion for his research in vulcanology and loves to share it with his students. He has been instrumental in defining learning outcomes and teaching strategies in his own department, and that experience will help us in developing our undergraduate teaching and learning outcomes for the university. He will bring good judgment and leadership to his new position.”
A BYU alumnus, Keith completed his master’s degree and doctorate in geology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1980 and 1982 respectively. After several years working as a consulting geologist for a number of international firms and as a faculty member at the University of Georgia, he joined the BYU faculty in 1990.
A recipient of a BYU Alcuin Fellowship in General Education, he has been a member of several departmental and university committees and has served as an external reviewer for programs at other universities.
He has received many research grants, including several from the National Science Foundation, and has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed academic journals.
Writer: Cecelia Fielding