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Executive Council

Charles S. Wheatley

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

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.

Brigitte C. Madrian

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

C. Shane Reese is the current President of BYU. He served as Academic Vice President from 2019 until his appointment as President in May 2023. Prior to these appointments, 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.

Justin Collings

Dr. Justin Collings and his wife Lia are the parents of seven remarkable children who are the seven wonders of their world. The Collings family enjoys music, literature, languages, travel, and time together.

Collings joined the BYU faculty in 2013, when he began teaching at the J. Reuben Clark Law School. He received continuing faculty status at the Law School and was promoted to the rank of professor of law in 2019. Prior to his service as AAVP for Faculty Development, he served from 2020 to 2022 as an Associate Dean at the Law School. From January to June 2019, he was a Fulbright Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Collings is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he double-majored in English and Italian, and of Yale University, where he earned a JD and a PhD in history. Before beginning his teaching career, he worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.