Todd A. Britsch, dean of Brigham Young University's College of Humanities, will become an associate academic vice president June 1, President Rex E. Lee announced this week.

Britsch will replace J. R. Kearl, a professor of economics and law who has chosen to return to full-time teaching and research in BYU's Department of Economics, according to Academic Vice President Stan L. Albrecht."I express my deep appreciation for the many significant contributions Jim Kearl has made during his several years of dedicated and effective administrative service," Albrecht said. "His keen insight and perceptive mind will be greatly missed in our administrative councils."

He said Britsch "will bring to the appointment an impressive record of strong service to the university."

Britsch has served as dean since 1986 and is former chair of the Department of Humanities, Classics and Literature. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hamburg in Germany and was named a fellow in the National Endowment for the Humanities for his extensive scholarly work on future forecasting and human values.

Britsch is a former member of the executive committee of the Utah Endowment for the Humanities.

With his father, Ralph A. Britsch, he wrote, "The Arts in Western Culture," which was published by Prentice-Hall in 1984.

Britsch, a Provo native, earned his bachelor's degree at BYU, and his master's and doctorate at Florida State University. He joined the BYU faculty in 1966.