The Jack and Mary Lois Wheatley Institution of Brigham Young University (BYU) seeks to promote high level scholarship and disseminate ideas broadly. Currently the institution's director is Richard N. Williams.
The organization was founded through the efforts of Jack Wheatley and started in 2007. Wheatley had previously been on the board of Stanford University's Hoover Institution for more than 20 years and wanted to have the new BYU institution fulfill somewhat the same roles.
Beginning on January 11, 2010 the Institution had several distinguished outside speakers such as Zbigniew Brzezinski and Condoleezza Rice. One of the leading figures behind the institution's success in inviting such speakers was one of its senior fellows, Amos Jordan, who previously had been president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.
In October 2009 the Institution held a forum on combating the New Atheism.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, the Institution sponsored a series of speakers on scientism. Speakers included Daniel N. Robinson, Peter Hacker, Richard G. Swinburne, Bas van Fraassen, Lawrence Principe, Kenneth F. Schaffner, and Roger Scruton.
The board of overseers consists of:
- Jack Wheatley, chair; Jack is a northern California real estate developer
- Merrill J. Bateman, vice-chair; former president of BYU
- Alan Ashton, member; business executive
- Bruce Christensen member; business executive
- Kim B. Clark, member; president of BYU-Idaho
- Jane Clayson Johnson, TV news correspondent; public speaker
- Sandra Rogers, member; Assistant Academic Vice-President for International Relations, BYU
- Cecil O. Samuelson, member; president of Brigham Young University
- Brent W. Webb, member; Academic Vice-President, BYU
- Charles Wheatley, member; Principal, Wheatley Financial Consulting LLC
- Gerrit W. Gong, member on leave; member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the LDS Church.
- John S. Tanner, member on leave; former Academic Vice-President, BYU