The 1966 BYU Student Spy Ring

March 2011
Utah Historical Quarterly;Spring2011, Vol. 79 Issue 2, p164
Academic Journal
The article discusses a student spy ring at Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1966, organized by university president and Mormon politician Ernest L. Wilkinson to ensure that professors adhered to the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). It notes that Wilkinson was particularly concerned about "liberals" on campus, who he thought promoted communism and socialism. The involvement of BYU comptroller Joseph T. Bentley, student Stephen Hays Russell, and university counsel Clyde D. Sandgren is explored. The author reflects on the investigation of professor Ray C. Hillam and considers Wilkinson's relationship with LDS Church President David O. McKay.


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