Robert L. Millet, chairman of the department of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, has been named dean of religious education, President Rex E. Lee has announced.

The appointment is effective immediately.Lee also announced the appointments of Donald Q. Cannon and Larry E. Dahl as associate deans, Leon R. Hartshorn as chairman of the department of church history and doctrine, and Stephen E. Robinson as chairman of the department of ancient scripture.

Millet replaces Robert J. Matthews, who served as dean since 1981 and was released last January to devote more time to his assignment as a senior editor for the multivolume Encyclopedia of Mormonism, to be published by Macmillan Company.

Cannon is a former associate dean and has served the past year as acting dean.

Millet, who joined the BYU faculty in 1983, is an associate professor of ancient scripture. He has been a teacher and administrator in the LDS Church seminary and institute programs, has taught at Florida State University and has been a marriage and family therapist with LDS Social Services in Idaho. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from BYU and a doctorate from Florida State University.

Cannon, who joined the faculty in 1973, is a professor of church history and doctrine. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Utah and a doctorate at Clark University.

Dahl joined the faculty in 1978. He is a professor of church history and doctrine and has served as chairman of the department of church history and doctrine. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from BYU and a doctorate from the University of Alberta.

Hartshorn has been on the faculty since 1965. He is a professor of church history and doctrine and holds bachelor's and master's degrees from BYU and a doctorate from Stanford University.

Robinson, a professor of ancient scripture, joined the faculty in 1986. He earned a bachelor's degree at BYU and a doctorate at Duke University.