The Wheatley Institution

Merrill J. Bateman

Vice Chair

Merrill J. Bateman

Merrill J. Bateman formerly served as president of Brigham Young University from 1996 to 2003. He previously served as dean of the Marriott School of Management from 1975 to 1979. He lectured in economics at the University of Ghana, as an assistant professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and as professor at BYU. From 1971 to 1975, Bateman worked as an executive with Mars, Inc., in England and the United States. He has headed his own consulting and capital management companies.

He has held extensive leadership and service positions within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including as Presiding Bishop and an elder in the Second and First Quorums of the Seventy. From 2007 to 2010 he served as president of the Provo, UT temple. He is currently an emeritus general authority of the Church.

Bateman holds an undergraduate degree from University of Utah and a PhD in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a Danforth Fellow (1960-1964) and Woodrow Wilson Fellow (1960-1961). He and his wife Marilyn have seven children and eleven grandchildren.

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