Merrill J. Bateman

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Merrill J. Bateman
Second Quorum of the Seventy
June 6, 1992 (1992-06-06) – April 2, 1994 (1994-04-02)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
End reason Called as Presiding Bishop
Presiding Bishop
April 2, 1994 (1994-04-02) – December 27, 1995 (1995-12-27)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
End reason Released to become president of BYU
First Quorum of the Seventy
December 27, 1995 (1995-12-27) – October 6, 2007 (2007-10-06)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Presidency of the Seventy
August 15, 2003 (2003-08-15) – August 15, 2007 (2007-08-15)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
End reason Honorably released
Emeritus General Authority
October 6, 2007 (2007-10-06)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
11th President of Brigham Young University
In office
January 1, 1996 – May 1, 2003
Predecessor Rex E. Lee
Successor Cecil O. Samuelson
Personal details
Born Merrill Joseph Bateman
(1936-06-19) June 19, 1936 (age 78)
Lehi, Utah, United States
Spouse(s) Marilyn Scholes
Children 7

Merrill Joseph Bateman (born June 19, 1936) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1992, originally as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. He is currently an emeritus general authority. From 2003 to 2007, Bateman was a member of the church's Presidency of the Seventy.[1] He was president of Brigham Young University (BYU) from January 1, 1996, until May 1, 2003, and was the church's twelfth presiding bishop in 1994 and 1995. In 2003 and 2004, Bateman was the general president of the church's Sunday School organization. From 2007 to 2010, Bateman was president of the Provo Utah Temple.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Bateman was born in Lehi, Utah. As he was starting the third grade his family moved to American Fork.[3] He served as a missionary in Great Britain in the mid-1950s.[4] After returning from his mission he married Marilyn Scholes. Bateman earned a bachelor's degree in economics at the University of Utah in 1960 and went on to receive a doctorate in that subject from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965.

Academic background[edit]

Bateman's academic assignments included lecturer in economics at the University of Ghana, 1963; assistant professor of economics at the United States Air Force Academy, 1964–67; associate professor of economics at BYU, 1967–69; professor of economics at BYU, 1969–71; and former dean of the BYU business school, now the Marriott School of Management, 1975–79.

BYU presidency[edit]

During Bateman's administration at BYU, the school's endowment was significantly increased through the Lighting the Way Campaign. Emphasis on the school's Honor Code was a hallmark of his administration. The Mentored Learning program, involving undergraduates more directly in research, was also initiated.

Work and family[edit]

Bateman headed his own consulting and capital management companies and was an executive with Mars, Inc., in England and the United States.

Bateman and his wife, Marilyn Scholes, are the parents of seven children.

LDS Church service[edit]

In the early 1980s, Bateman served as president of the Provo Utah Sharon East Stake.[3]

Due to his work in the cocoa business, Bateman made many trips to Africa. In 1977, James E. Faust, a general authority then serving as president of the church's International Mission, asked Bateman to contact church members and people who had asked for church material on his next visit to Ghana, Bateman did this in early 1978.[5] Later in 1978, shortly after the church decided to allow blacks to receive the priesthood, Bateman was sent on a special assignment by the First Presidency with International Mission counselor Edwin Q. Cannon to Africa to lay the groundwork for the opening of missionary work there.[3] They visited people who desired to join the church in both Ghana and Nigeria, including Billy Johnson.[6]

After his time as BYU president, Bateman was made a member of the Presidency of the Seventy. While in this capacity he went on a tour of Africa in November 2005 with Richard G. Scott. They visited Ghana, Tanzania and other countries.[7]



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Academic offices
Preceded by
Rex E. Lee
President of BYU
Succeeded by
Cecil O. Samuelson
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Robert D. Hales
Presiding Bishop
April 2, 1994 – December 27, 1995
Succeeded by
H. David Burton