The purpose of the William (Bill) Gay Research Chair is to support scholarship in fields of study directly related to ancient scripture study, such as Egyptology and other relevant ancient languages and disciplines and to contribute in a significant way to further knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the scriptural heritage of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dr. John Gee is the current occupant of the Gay Chair.
A short distance walk from the magazine at Kom Aushim, where the BYU Egypt Excavation permanently stores finds from the excavation, is the open air museum of Karanis. The photograph is of one of the granite temple columns found at Karanis. The temple was built by Amenemhet III, a pharaoh living at the time of Abraham.