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Kathleen Flake Granted Professor Emeritus

University of Virginia, Mormon Studies Program

Recently, Richard Lyman Bushman Chair of Mormon Studies Kathleen Flake was granted the honorary rank of professor emeritus, recognizing her extraordinary contributions to the University.

A Fond Farewell to Prof. Kathleen Flake

Our program has thrived under the leadership of Prof. Kathleen Flake, who was appointed in 2013 as our first Bushman Chair. Her accomplishments are considerable and include stewardship of the highly prestigious Joseph Smith lecture series, the creation of the Early Marriage Database and our program’s interactive website, as well as fellowships for graduate and post-doctoral study.

She has also overseen the expansion of our Mormon Studies Library Collection with new acquisitions, including the extensive Prince Collection, and facilitated access to important primary resources, such as the David McKay and Leonard Arrington diaries, via our website.

Thanks to Prof. Flake’s dedication and foresight, UVA’s Mormon Studies program is now considered the leading site for the study of Mormonism outside of Salt Lake City. This is a considerable accomplishment and one for which we are grateful. Her last day as our program chair is May 24.