The Wheatley Institution

Jack R. Wheatley

Chair

Jack R. Wheatley

Jack R. Wheatley, a West Point graduate and retired contractor, is managing general partner in WSJ Properties, a development company, in Palo Alto, California. A commercial builder and real-estate developer, Wheatley has built many impressive structures from research laboratories at Stanford University to the Oakland California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and won a national landscaping award from President Jimmy Carter in 1977. Wheatley has served as city council member and mayor of Palo Alto. Wheatley has been president of the Stanford Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Stanford University Hospital and San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation. He received the Inspiration award from The Tech Museum of Innovation of San Jose and the Philanthropist of the Year award from the city of San Jose. He and his wife, Mary Lois, presided over the Colorado Denver Mission from 1978 to 1981. Wheatley's contributions to BYU include helping to design and construct the Museum of Art and donating funds for several acquisitions, including Carl Bloch's Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda and a portrait by John Singer Sargent. He also helped lead the Lighting the Way fundraising campaign in the 1990s, which brought $400 million to the university in six years. Wheatley currently serves on the executive committee of the BYU President's Leadership Council as co-chair. Wheatley and his wife, Mary Lois, have six children, twenty-nine grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.

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