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Brad Westwood Selected as New State History Director – 22 April 2013

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22 April 2013

Brad Westwood Selected as New State History Director

SALT LAKE CITY — Department of Heritage & Arts Executive Director Julie Fisher and the Board of State History announced Friday that P. Bradford (Brad) Westwood will be the new Director of the Utah Division of State History.

“Brad brings with him a wealth of experience in all of the historical disciplines. We are thrilled to have someone of his caliber and skill,” Fisher said.

Westwood recently served as Manager of Acquisitions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in its Church History Department, where he managed staff, programs, projects and budgets for the Church History Museum and Library.

It has always been a dream of his to become Utah’s history director, Westwood said. “I see my work as Director of Utah State History as a delightful combination of my mutual appreciation for all the diverse fields of history. I am delighted to join the outstanding professionals working in State History,” he said.

Westwood has worked for the LDS Church since February 2009. Before that he served various roles at Brigham Young University, including Department Chair of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Collection Manager, and Archivist. Westwood has also served as historic preservation officer for the LDS Church.

“Brad will join a long line of distinguished historians who have served as Director of the Utah Division of State History,” said Board of State History chairman Michael Homer. “He has a solid reputation among Utah’s historical community, and the board fully supports his appointment.”

Westwood has a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from BYU.

He and his wife Virlie Vincent Westwood reside in Springville.

Bradford is replacing Wilson G. Martin, who retired as Utah State History director in February.
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