Rev. Scotty McLennan
|Born||William L. McLennan, Jr.
November 21, 1948
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Residence||Menlo Park, California|
|Alma mater||Yale University (BA)
Harvard University (J.D.)
Harvard University (MDiv)
|Occupation||Author, Professor, minister, lawyer|
|Known for||author, public speaker, Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University,lecturer Stanford Graduate School of Business|
|Home town||Lake Forest, Illinois|
|Spouse(s)||Ellen S McLennan (1981–present)|
|Awards||The Rabbi Martin Katzenstein Award
Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award
The Reverend William L. McLennan, Jr. — better known as "Scotty McLennan" — was born on November 21, 1948, son of William L. McLennan and Alice Polk Warner (and the grandson of Donald R. McLennan, who co-founded Marsh & McLennan). He is an ordained minister, lawyer, professor, published author, public speaker and senior administrator at Stanford University in Stanford, California. From January 1, 2001 until August 2014, McLennan served as the Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University, where he oversaw campus-wide religious affairs, supervised over 30 university student groups that constituted the Stanford Associated Religions, and was the minister of Stanford Memorial Church. He currently teaches courses in Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Early life and education
Originally from Lake Forest, Illinois, McLennan attended the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. In 1970, he received his BA degree (Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Yale University, where he was a member of the Wolf's Head Society. Along with former Yale Chaplain and McLennan's mentor William Sloane Coffin, McLennan is the real-life inspiration for the Doonesbury cartoon character Reverend Scot Sloan in his college roommate Garry Trudeau's Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip, which also was adapted into a film and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. 
His senior year at Yale, McLennan was chosen to be a "Scholar of the House", whereby he was exempt from attending class in order to focus the year on scholarly research. For his graduate education, he earned both Master of Divinity and Juris Doctor degrees cum laude from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Law School respectively in 1975.
He was ordained in 1975 as a Unitarian Universalist minister (and is a Unitarian Universalist Christian), and admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1975. After practicing church-sponsored poverty law in a low-income region of Boston for nearly ten years and founding the Unitarian Universalist Legal Ministry, he was appointed University Chaplain at Tufts University in Massachusetts, serving from 1984 to 2000, and senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, serving from 1988 to 2000.
In 1994, he was the recipient of The Rabbi Martin Katzenstein Award, the oldest annual award given to Harvard Divinity School Alumni "to honor among its graduates one who exhibits a passionate and helpful interest in the lives of other people."
McLennan's first book, Finding Your Religion: When the Faith You Grew Up With Has Lost Its Meaning, was published in 1999 by HarperSanFrancisco. His second book, Church on Sunday, Work on Monday: The Challenge of Fusing Christian Values with Business Life, was co-authored with Laura Nash and published in 2001 by Jossey-Bass. His third book, Jesus Was a Liberal: Reclaiming Christianity for All, was published by Palgrave-Macmillan on May 12, 2009. McLennan's fourth and most recent book, "Christ for Unitarian Universalists: A New Dialogue with Traditional Christianity", was published by Skinner House Books on May 1, 2016.
In 2009, he went on a national book tour for Jesus Was a Liberal, presenting at more than a dozen book signings in Northern and Southern California, including a presentation for Authors@Google at the company's Mountain View, CA headquarters. Other book events took place in Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, Greenwich, CT, Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C.
News and media
A nationally prominent speaker on religion and ethics, McLennan has been featured in major news publications, such as USA Today, People Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Dallas Morning News, and The Boston Globe, as well as a guest on national and regional television and radio programs, including The CW Television Network, The O'Reilly Factor, National Public Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.
Scotty McLennan is married to Ellen. They wed in 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts. They are the parents of two sons: Will McLennan (b. 1982) and Dan McLennan (b. 1984), both of whom are alumni of Stanford University.
During his tenure at Stanford, McLennan has hosted and publicly interviewed His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a spiritual mentor, in 2005 and 2010 to discuss compassion and how to live a meaningful life.
- "Jane Shaw officially welcomed into the Stanford community". Stanford Report. Stanford University. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
- "ScottyMcLennan". Graduate School of Business. Stanford University. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
- McLennan, Scotty (April 15, 2006). "The Legacy of William Sloane Coffin". Boston Globe. Retrieved August 15, 2009.. Scotty McLennan wrote an obituary for him in the Boston Globe after his death in 2006.
- English, Bella (November 9, 1999). "Dude of God: Doonesbury Preacher's Model has a Flock, a Message, and a Book". The Boston Globe. pp. E1.
- Slate, The. "Doonesbury@Slate: GBT's FAQs". The Slate. p. 1. Retrieved June 6, 2010. Archived September 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- "About Scotty McLennan". The Office for Religious Life at Stanford. Stanford University. Retrieved March 16, 2009.
- "Our Ministers". Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto. UUCPA. November 19, 2008. Retrieved March 16, 2009.
- "HDS – Alumni Relations – Katzenstein Award Recipients". Harvard Divinity School. Retrieved March 16, 2009.
- "Gandhi/King/Ikeda Exhibit Reception Ceremony". A Legacy of Building Peace, SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Centers. SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Centers. January 28, 2004. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
- "Cardinal Chronicle / weekly campus column". Stanford Report. Stanford News Service. January 28, 2004. Retrieved March 16, 2009.
- "Spiritual Awareness Week". Morehouse College News Release. Morehouse College. March 31, 2003.
- "@Google Talks". AtGoogleTalk's YouTube Channel. February 5, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
- McLennan, Scotty. "National Book Tour Events, Readings & Signings in 2009". Official Website of Author & Speaker Scotty McLennan. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- Grossman, Cathy Lynn (June 29, 2009). "'God has mellowed.' Or maybe we have.". USA Today. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
- Duffy, Tom. "'Keeping the Faith'". People Magazine. Retrieved September 1, 2010.
- Zerega, Blaise (July 10, 2009). "How the Catholic Church Fought for Interracial Marriage and What It Means for Gay Rights". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
- Tipping, Joy. "We were there: The Rev. Scotty McLennan at Legacy Books". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- McLennan, Scotty. "Media Coverage". Official Website of Author & Speaker Scotty McLennan. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- "Jesus Was a Liberal". CW Television Network. July 26, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- "Jesus Was a Liberal". National Public Radio, KRBC. December 24, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- Miller, Stephanie (May 13, 2009). "LiveBlog". The Stephanie Miller Show. SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- Cenk, Uygur (May 18, 2009). "Jesus was a Liberal". The Young Turks. SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- Hilary, Stone. "Dalai Lama to Visit Stanford in October". The Stanford Review. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
- "ACLU of Northern California". American Civil Liberties Union. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
- "Fanbase: The web's largest almanac of pro and college athletes". Fanbase. Retrieved February 26, 2010.