Brigham Young University President Rex E. Lee recently confirmed the appointments of three new department chairmen at the university.
David B. Magleby is the new chairman of the political science department, replacing Stanley A. Taylor, while John P. Hawkins replaces Donald W. Forsyth as chairman of the anthropology department. Clayne L. Pope is the new economics department chairman, taking over from Rulon D. Pope.All three have agreed to three-year terms in their new positions.
One of the most nationally recognized and quoted campus members, Magleby is a professor of political science at BYU and an expert in election politics. A graduate of the University of Utah, he holds advanced degrees from the University of California-Berkeley.
His book, "The Money Chase: Congressional Campaign Finance and Proposals for Reform," published in 1990, received nationwide attention. He has also organized and has run a successful and widely quoted exit poll of Utah voters in the past several November elections.
Hawkins, who holds a master's and a doctorate degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago, graduated from BYU in 1970. He joined the BYU faculty in 1974 and has done extensive field work in Guatemala studying household and family systems among Latinos and Indians.
A BYU alumnus, Pope received his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Chicago. He has taught at BYU since 1970, and has received both Maeser and Alcuin teaching awards and was the Karl G. Maeser Professor of General Education from 1987-1990. A specialist in economic history and theory, he previously served as chairman of the economics department from 1975-1977.