The state Board of Regents now includes a retired LDS general authority who is credited with opening up church history.
The Utah Senate on Wednesday confirmed Marlin Jensen, an Ogden lawyer who was recently replaced as official historian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Gov. Gary Herbert crossed party lines to nominate the Democrat on Aug. 3 to the board that oversees the state's eight-campus system of public colleges and universities.
Jensen, 70, succeeds Meghan Holbrook, one of three Regents to step down this summer. Herbert last week appointed Zions Bancorporation CEO Harris Simmons to succeed David Jordan and will soon name a replacement for Katharine Garff. Holbrook recently completed a second four-year term, while Jordan and Garff left to serve the LDS Church.