BYU renames ISPART to Neal. A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
Centers of Excellence
Brigham Young University's Board of Trustees recently approved the
renaming of BYU's Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient
Religious Texts (ISPART) to the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for
"By renaming ISPART, BYU honors the memory and life's work of Elder
Maxwell," said BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson. "This change firmly
sets the future direction of the institute, which is to promote
profound scholarship supporting the restored Gospel of Jesus
Christ--something Elder Maxwell cared about deeply."
Elder Maxwell served The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
for 23 years as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. "He was
an articulate voice of reason and revelation--the consummate
disciple-scholar who served the church and the people of the world,"
said Andrew C. Skinner, executive director of the Maxwell Institute.
"The scholars associated with the Maxwell Institute are honored to
come under the umbrella of Elder Maxwell's name," Skinner added.
Cory Maxwell, son of Elder and Sister Maxwell, said his family is
pleased by this development and honored that Elder Maxwell's name is
being associated with that to which he devoted his life.
For more than 25 years, the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon
Studies (FARMS) has been conducting research and publishing books and
periodicals that have both furthered scholarship and made friends for
the university and the Church of Jesus Christ. Five years ago FARMS
was joined by the Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious
Texts (CPART) and the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI) to form