Ronald O. Barney has been chosen as the Mormon History Association’s new executive director, succeeding Patricia Lyn Scott as her three-year term ends in July, according to a news release from the association.

Barney will be retiring this summer after 33 years as a historian and archivist with the LDS Church History Department, and his term begins Aug, 1. His wife, Marilyn, will continue to serve as the association’s business manager.

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