First Presidency names new director of Welfare Services

The First Presidency announced Jan. 16 that Harold C. Brown, commissioner of LDS Social Services, has been named managing director of Welfare Services.

Elder Brown, an area authority for the Utah North Area, will fill the vacancy created at Welfare Services when Keith B. McMullin, former managing director, was called as second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric in December. (See Dec. 30 Church News.)Elder Brown, 51, has served as a regional representative, stake president and counselor and bishop.

He has worked as director of Welfare Services Operations, as executive assistant to LDS Social Services Commissioner, a practitioner with the Indian Student Placement Program and a seminary instructor.

He received a bachelor's degree from BYU in 1968 and a master's of social work from the University of Utah in 1972.

He and his wife, Penny Dalton Brown, are parents of 10 children. They reside in the Cottonwood 8th Ward, Salt Lake Cottonwood Stake.