One of America's leaders in social work education, Dr. L. Diane Bernard, has been named the second recipient of the Belle S. Spafford Chair in Social Work at the University of Utah.

Bernard, who specializes in women and women's issues, was most recently a visiting professor at Southern University in New Orleans.During her year in Utah, she will sponsor a research conference of those who are involved with issues of women in higher education and politics.

Bernard has a doctorate in psychology and social work.

The Spafford chair is the only endowed chair at the university to honor women. It was established in recognition of the late Belle S. Spafford, president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for nearly 30 years. She died in 1982.

"Belle Spafford also was very active in furthering the cause of women," said Dr. Kay L. Dea, dean of the Graduate School of Social Work. "She was president of the National Council of Women, held office in the International Council of Women and last June was given the council's posthumous award for distinguished service."