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Envisioning Brigham Young University: Foreword to John S. Tanner's Learning in the Light

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Envisioning Brigham Young University: Foreword to John S. Tanner's Learning in the Light

Author Bruce C. Hafen

As BYU grew in numbers and in stature during the 1960s and 1970s, many gifted faculty were attracted to the university—some who brought the same secular standards and approach that they were trained in at other schools. Bruce C. Hafen describes how the BYU administration identified two major much-needed projects: (1) a faculty-generated and Board-approved policy statement that defined and integrated the roles of both individual academic freedom and the university's institutional academic freedom, and (2) a full articulation of the Aims of a BYU Education that included the integration of faith and reason. For leadership in both projects, the administration turned to John S. Tanner—a young English professor who would later serve as a department chair, a dean, and a university administrator, to write up the religious and institutional aims of BYU.