Russell T. Osguthorpe

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Russell Trent Osguthorpe (born December 4, 1946) was the general president of the Sunday School of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 2009 to 2014. He was the twentieth man to serve in this position. Osguthorpe is also the author of books on education.

Osguthorpe has multiple degrees, including a Ph.D. from Brigham Young University (BYU), where he is a professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology. Osguthorpe also studied at the University of Utah.

Osguthorpe has written Choose to Learn: Teaching for Success Every Day and Balancing the Tensions of Change. He has also written materials on deaf education. Osguthorpe was the lead author of Partner School: Centers for Educational Renewal. This book is often cited as one of the leading works on the subject.[1] He has also written a hymn with his wife, Lola.[2] Among Osguthorpe's more recent articles was one written with his son, Richard D. Osguthorpe, entitled "Instructional design as a living practice: Toward a conscience of craft." in Educational Technology, Vol. 47, No. 4, p. 13-23.

Osguthorpe was the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at BYU. He has also served as an associate dean of the David O. McKay School of Education at BYU. He was previously a visiting faculty member at the University of Toronto, the University of Paris and a member of the faculty of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York. Since 1998, Osguthorpe has held the Martha Jane Knowlton Coray University Professorship at BYU.

Osguthorpe has served in the LDS Church as president of the South Dakota Rapid City Mission from 2003 to 2006, an area seventy and member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy from 2007 to 2009, and as president of the BYU 18th Stake from 1997 to 2002. He is a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In the 1960s, Osguthorpe was a Mormon missionary in Tahiti.

At the church's April 2009 General Conference Osguthorpe was accepted by the membership as the general president of the church's Sunday School, succeeding A. Roger Merrill. Osguthorpe selected David M. McConkie and Matthew O. Richardson as his counselors. In the April 2014 General Conference, Osguthorpe and his counselors were released, with Tad R. Callister named to as his successor.[3] It has been announced that Osguthorpe will begin service as president of the church's Bismarck North Dakota Temple later in 2014.[4]

Osguthorpe and his wife, Lola, are the parents of five children.

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