Brigham Young University has announced the creation of an endowed professorship in Canadian studies.

It was made possible by donations from alumni and North American businesses and a grant from the Canadian studies grant program of External Affairs and International Trade in Canada.The first holder of the professorship is Earl H. Fry, professor of political science and director of Canadian studies at BYU.

Author or editor of 12 books, Fry served as special assistant in the office of the U.S. trade representative and has been a visiting professor at the University of Montreal.

Fry is the vice president of the 1,400-member Association for Canadian Studies in the United States and next year will assume the presidency.

The BYU Canadian studies program has existed since 1980 and is one of the largest programs in the United States. It is devoted to the study of Canada and Canadian-U.S. relations.