PROVO — John R. Rosenberg is the new dean of the College of Humanities at Brigham Young University.

Rosenberg, a Spanish professor, replaces Van C. Gessel, who leaves the post to serve a mission for the LDS Church.

Rosenberg graduated from BYU with a double major in psychology and Spanish.

He completed a doctorate in Spanish literature at Cornell University in 1985 and returned to BYU to assume a full-time teaching position that same year.

He was chairman of the Spanish and Portuguese department from 1993 to 1997 and associate dean of the College of Humanities from 1997 to 2005.

Rosenberg, a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century Spanish literature, has written two books, edited a third and written scholarly articles. He has participated frequently in national and international conferences.