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Massachusetts Family Institute Names New President

September 14, 2023

The Massachusetts Family Institute has a new president.

The organization’s board of directors announced this week that Ian Huyett will succeed Andrew Beckwith as the president of the conservative family values organization.

Beckwith will continue serving as president emeritus from South Carolina, where he serves in a leadership position at Southern Wesleyan University, a Christian liberal arts school.

“It’s an honor to follow in Andrew Beckwith’s footsteps and have the opportunity to fight alongside such a formidable team. I look forward to strengthening MFI’s position as Massachusetts’s leading Christian organization, expanding our litigation capacity, and building coalitions with other communities who share our values and commitment to religious liberty,” Huyett said a press release from the organization.

The organization paid tribute to Beckwith.

“We are extremely grateful for the outstanding leadership that Andrew provided MFI for over a decade; he played a major role in bringing the organization to a new level,” said David Stubblebine, chairman of the Massachusetts Family Institute, in the written statement.

MFI praised Beckwith for standing up for family values in the Commonwealth and for helping protect the religious freedom and constitutional rights of citizens, churches, schools, and other organizations.

“On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I want to thank Andrew for his remarkable service to MFI and the state of MA. We wish him great success in his new position at Southern Wesleyan University,” Stubblebine said.

The Massachusetts Facility Institute’s board of directors unanimously elected Huyett president on Monday, September 11.

Huyett previously served as the Head of Litigation for Cornerstone, the family policy council in New Hampshire.

He is a 2018 graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law. He has written law review articles and other academic writings on law and religion.

At Cornerstone, he represented over 30 churches and successfully challenged aspects of New Hampshire’s COVID-19 shutdown orders. He also represented Christian clients on issues related to free speech and religious discrimination. Additionally, he worked with the New Hampshire state legislature to draft and lobby for religious and civil liberty bills.

Massachusetts Family Institute founder Robert Bradley, who currently serves as vice chairman of the organization, also offered praise for Huyett. (Bradley is also chairman of Boston Media Networks, the company that publishes New Boston Post.)

“We are very fortunate, indeed, to have such a fine leader step into Andrew’s shoes,” Bradley said in the written statement. “The MFI Board hired a firm to do a national search for Andrew Beckwith’s successor. As a result of this search, the Board was thrilled to be able to engage a leader with Ian’s background. He is an accomplished graduate of a top-tier law school, and he has considerable experience in public policy in New England. We believe that Ian is the right person to bring Massachusetts Family Institute to the next level of influence here in the Commonwealth.”


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