Brigham Young University President Merrill J. Bateman has announced the appointment of Noel B. Reynolds as the associate academic vice president for undergraduate studies.

He will replace John S. Tanner, who has been named the new chairman of the English department.A professor of political science, Reynolds received his master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. He has published widely, with an emphasis on legal philosophy and authorship studies.

At BYU, he has served as the associate academic vice president for University Education and chairmn of the department of philosophy.

As director of General Education in 1980-81, Reynolds played a key role in designing and implementing BYU's current GE program. Reynolds is also known for his research on the Book of Mormon and the electronic publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls.