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Executive Council

Charles S. Wheatley

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Charles S. Wheatley is Principal at Wheatley Financial Consulting LLC in Salt Lake City. Wheatley served as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Contracts at Ventera Corporation, a Virginia-based IT consulting company, from 2001 to 2010. He previously worked as Unit Controller for iXL, ACT Networks, Dynatech, and Avery Dennison. He began his career at Ernst and Young where he earned his C.P.A. certification in 1988.

He earned an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Accounting, and later earned an M.B.A. at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Wheatley served as an ecclesiastical representative in Japan from 1981 to 1982. He was raised in Palo Alto, California as one of six children of Jack and Mary Lois Wheatley. He and his wife Shauna are the parents of four children.

Kim B. Clark

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Kim B. Clark is a NAC Professor of Business Management at BYU Marriott School of Business. Elder Clark served as a General Authority Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2015-2019. In this capacity he served as Commissioner of the Church Educational System. Previous to this calling, he was the President of Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Clark was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and raised in Spokane, Washington. He completed his freshman year at Harvard University prior to serving as a missionary for the Church in Germany. After his mission, he studied for one year at Brigham Young University where he met his wife Sue. They were married in 1971, and then returned to Harvard University. Clark completed his education there — earning bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. degrees in economics. In 1978, Clark became a member of the faculty at the Harvard Business School where his research focused on modularity in design and the integration of technology and competition in industry evolution, particularly in the computer industry. He taught as the George F. Baker Professor of Administration and was named the Dean of the school in 1995.

He served in that capacity until he became president of BYU-Idaho in 2005. Clark and his wife Sue are the parents of seven children and the grandparents of twelve grandchildren.

Ahmad S. Corbitt

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Brother Ahmad S. Corbitt is the first counselor in the Young Men General Presidency for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He also currently works for the Church’s Missionary Department.

Brother Corbitt received an undergraduate degree in sociology from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a law degree from Rutgers University School of Law. He worked as a trial lawyer, executive director of corporate communications, and associate general counsel of a Delaware company and vice president and general counsel of a New York public relations firm. Brother Corbitt was previously the director of the Church’s New York Public Affairs office. Brother Corbitt’s past Church service includes time as a full-time missionary in the Puerto Rico San Juan Mission, stake president, and president of the Dominican Republic Santo Domingo East Mission. Ahmad Corbitt was born on August 16, 1962, in Philadelphia. He and his wife, Jayne, have six children and 11 grandchildren.

Brigitte C. Madrian

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Brigitte C. Madrian is the Dean and Marriott Distinguished Professor in the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Business where she has a joint appointment in the Department of Finance and the George W. Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics. Before coming to BYU, she was on the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government from 2006-2018, the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School from 2003-2006, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business from 1995-2003, and the Harvard University Economics Department from 1993-1995. She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and served as co-director of the NBER Household Finance working group from 2010-2018.

Madrian’s current research focuses on behavioral economics and household finance, with a particular focus on household saving and investment behavior. Her work in this area has impacted the design of employer-sponsored savings plans in the U.S. and has influenced pension reform legislation both in the U.S. and abroad. She also uses the lens of behavioral economics to understand health behaviors and improve health outcomes.

Dr. Madrian received her Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and studied economics as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University. She is a recipient of the Skandia Research Prize for outstanding research on “Long-Term Savings” with relevance for banking, insurance, and financial services (2019), the Retirement Income Industry Association Achievement in Applied Retirement Research Award (2015), and a three-time recipient of the TIAA Paul A. Samuelson Award for Scholarly Research on Lifelong Financial Security (2002, 2011 and 2017).

C. Shane Reese

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C. Shane Reese was appointed as the Academic Vice President on June 3, 2019. Prior to his appointment, he served as the dean of the BYU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences from 2017–2019. He is a member of the Department of Statistics faculty and an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Reese’s research has centered on Bayesian hierarchical models and Bayesian optimal experimental designs. He has created statistical models addressing a range of issues from predicting the power of solar storms to determining the safest method for destroying chemical weapons to assessing climate impact on glaciers in high mountain Asia and Antarctica. His work has also been used by the U.S. Olympic volleyball team as well as the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.

Reese joined the BYU statistics faculty in 2001. He received BYU’s Young Scholar Award in 2004 and the BYU Karl G. Maser Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. Reese was the Melvin W. Carter Professor of Statistics from 2012-2017. Prior to entering academia, he worked in the Computer, Computational, and Statistical Sciences Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Reese earned a doctoral degree in statistics from Texas A&M University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in statistics from BYU.

Larry L. Howell

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Larry L. Howell was appointed as the Associate Academic Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies on July 1, 2019. Prior to his appointment, he served as an associate dean in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering. He is a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Howell’s research focuses on compliant mechanisms, including origami-inspired mechanisms, space mechanisms, microelectromechanical systems and medical devices. He is the co-editor of the Handbook of Compliant Mechanisms and the author of Compliant Mechanisms, which are published in both English and Chinese. His lab’s work has also been reported in popular venues such as Newsweek, Scientific American, The Economist, Smithsonian Magazine and the PBS documentary program NOVA.

Howell joined the BYU mechanical engineering faculty in 1994. Prior to joining the department, Howell was a visiting professor at Purdue University, a finite element analysis consultant for Engineering Methods, Inc. and an engineer on the design of the YF-22 (the prototype for the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor). In addition to being a Fellow of ASME, he is a past chair of the ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Committee and has been an associate editor for the Journal of Mechanisms & Robotics and the Journal of Mechanical Design. He is the recipient of the ASME Machine Design Award, ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Award, Theodore von Kármán Fellowship, NSF Career Award, Purdue Outstanding Mechanical Engineer (alumni award) and the BYU Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Lecturer Award (BYU’s highest faculty award).

Howell received doctoral and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from BYU.