Steven Olsen is currently serving as Associate Managing Director for the Family and Church History Department. He has worked for Church History his entire professional career, most recently as Acting Director, Museum of Church History and Art. In his current position, he oversees the operations and provides leadership for the Church History Library, Church Archives, Museum of Church History and Art, and Church Historic Sites. He is also an adjunct professor of anthropology at Brigham Young University.
His service to the wider profession has included terms as president of the Utah Museums Association and Western Museums Association and on the boards of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Utah State Office of Museum Services, and the National Alliance of State Museums Associations. He has published widely in the fields of museum studies and Church history and frequently presents at scholarly and professional association conferences.
Steven has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and master’s and doctor’s degrees in anthropology from the University of Chicago. He and his wife Kathi have five children. He served a mission to France and has held numerous ward and stake callings, including bishop, high councilor, and gospel doctrine teacher.