Now the university, located in Charlottesville, Va., has secured a prominent spot in Latter-day Saint history. The university recently announced a new endowed chair in Mormon studies, making it the first university in the eastern United States to have such a position. The chair will be named for Richard Lyman Bushman, a Church member and respected historian who authored the Joseph Smith biography, Rough Stone Rolling.
The University of Virginia is renowned for its rich history (it was conceived by Thomas Jefferson) and a lofty level of academia that places the school among the top public universities in the United States.
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