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The Organization of the Society

Executive Board

The Executive Board is the primary governing body of the Society, as specified in its Constitution and By-Laws. Fourteen members of the Executive Board are elected by the general membership of the Society. These elected members serve for five-year, staggered terms (shown below). The current Executive Board is:

Philip Barlow
 Philip Barlow
 Utah State University
 2012 - 2017
Brian Birch  Brian Birch
 Utah Valley University
 2011 - 2016
Richard Bushman
 Richard Bushman
 Columbia University, Emeritus        
 2009 - 2014
James Faulconer
 James Faulconer
 Brigham Young University
 2008 - 2013
Terryl Givens  Terryl Givens
 University of Richmond
 2012 - 2017
Dan Graham  Daniel Graham
 Brigham Young University
 2009 - 2014
Benjamin Huff  Benjamin Huff
 Randolph-Macon College
 2008 - 2013
Jennifer Lane  Jennifer Lane
 Brigham Young University-Hawaii
 2012 - 2017
James McLachlan
 James McLachlan
 Western Carolina University
 2011 - 2016
Charles Randall Paul
 Charles Randall Paul
 Foundation for
 Interreligious Diplomacy
 2010 - 2015
Daniel Peterson
 Daniel C. Peterson
 Brigham Young University
 2011 - 2016
Richard Sherlock  Richard Sherlock
 Utah State University
 2009 - 2014
Sheila Taylor  Sheila Taylor
 Graduate Theological Union
 2010 - 2015
Dan Wotherspoon
 Dan Wotherspoon
 Foundation for
 Interreligious Diplomacy
 2010 - 2015

Executive Committee

The five-member Executive Committee acts on behalf of the Executive Board to conduct the normal business of the society. The President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and the Editor of the journal are chosen by the Executive Board as a whole, normally for two-year terms, and sit on the Executive Committee. In case these officers do not number five persons, an additional member of the Executive Board is appointed by the Board to sit on the Committee. The members of the Executive Committee also serve as members of the Board for as long as they are in office. In March 2008, the Board chose to appoint six persons to the Executive Committee.

President Daniel C. Peterson Brigham Young University
VP & President-Elect Daniel W. Graham Brigham Young University
Co-Editors of Element James and Carrie McLachlan Western Carolina University
Secretary/Treasurer   Benjamin Huff Randolph-Macon College
Secretary Dan Wotherspoon Foundation for
Interreligious Diplomacy

Membership

Membership in the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology is open to anyone who affirms the stated purpose of the society and pays the annual dues.

Statement of Purpose
"The purpose of the Society is to promote disciplined reflection on Latter-day Saint beliefs. Its aims include constructive engagement with the broader tradition of philosophy and theology. All its publications, conferences, and other forums for discussion will take seriously both the commitments of faith and the standards of scholarship."

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