Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies history, Don Brugger, Stephen D. Ricks, Noel B. Reynolds, John W. Welch


The following article continues a three-part series on the history of FARMS, each installment featuring comments from two people who figure prominently in the history and ongoing work of FARMS. This segment presents comments from separate interviews conducted by Don Brugger, managing editor of INSIGHTS, with Stephen D. Ricks and Noel B. Reynolds, who were administrative officers during the organization's middle years. Ricks, currently a professor of Hebrew and Semitic languages at BYU and a member of the FARMS Board of Trustees, succeeded John W. Welch to serve as the second president of FARMS,from 1988 through 1991. He then served as chair of FARMS board from 1991 until May 1997. Reynolds, a BYU professor of political science currently serving as associate academic vice president for undergraduate studies at BYU and as a member of the FARMS board, was president of FARMS from 1992 to 1998. The responses have been editorially combined because they cover the same general period and address the same or related topics.