Stephen M. Studdert

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Stephen Mark Studdert (born 1948) served on the White House staff as Advisor to United States Presidents George Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford.

Early life[edit]

Studdert was born in 1948 in Petaluma, California, to Harry and June Studdert. He was earned a bachelor's degree in public administration by Brigham Young University in 1971.[1]


From 1973 to 1975 Studdert was chief of the Brigham City, Utah police department. He was an elected Bountiful City Council member between 1978 and 1980, and the 1975 United States Junior Chamber President.

Studdert has represented U.S. Presidents in diplomatic assignments to over one hundred nations. Between 1983 and 1987 he served on the President's Export Council,[2] the Export Advisory Now Council and the Foreign Trade Practices and Negotiations Subcommittee. He was a United States Delegate to the United Nations Energy Conference in Africa and to the 40th anniversary NATO Summit. He has been extensively involved in post-conflict reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Kurdistan since 2005. Since 2016 he serves as a senior advisor to the World Energy Forum.

As a strong advocate of affordable housing,[3] Studdert headed the national Native American Housing Initiative from 1985 to 1995. He chaired the Housing and Community Development efforts of a $44 billion Federal Home Loan Bank, where he served on the Board of Directors as its Chairman.[4] He was elected by his peers to chair the Federal Home Loan Bank System Council of Chairs.

He directed the 1989 Presidential inauguration of George H. W. Bush, having previously served as an Advisor to the 1981 and 1985 Presidential inaugurations of Ronald Reagan. He provided counsel to the 2001[5] and 2005 Presidential inaugurations of George W. Bush.[citation needed] In 1992, during the Clinton Administration, he was appointed a Federal Home Loan Banks Director in Seattle.[3] [6][7] Studdert remains active in international religious liberty issues.

Studdert was national Co-Chair of the New American Revolution, a foundation for helping youth in need, between 1992 and 1993. He served as chair of the Utah Statehood Centennial Commission between 1993 and 1996[8] and Chair of This is the Place Foundation between 1996 and 2001.[9]

Studdert helped create the Fortune 500 Forum for senior executives and has participated in the 1999 TIME magazine’s leaders’ world news-tour. From, 2004 until 2010, he served on the Executive Committee of Boy Scouts of America's Utah National Parks Council. He served as Chairman of the George Washington Center for Freedom and Understanding from 2005 till 2008.[citation needed] He also served on the Board of Trustees of Southern Virginia University during 2000.

Studdert is author of America in Danger (2007).[10]

Personal life[edit]

Studdert and his wife, Bonnie Beck, are the parents of six children.[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]

He was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America,[11] the National Guard Minuteman Award,[12] the People of Vision award,[13] the Farm Bureau’s Friend of Agriculture Award, and the citizen Distinguished Service Medal from the United States Army.

He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Southern Virginia University.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "New mission presidents". Church News. Jan 27, 2001. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Appointment of 21 Members of the President's Export Council". Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. September 23, 1985. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Stewart, Kirsten (January 11, 2011). "Utah organizer of Haiti relief under scrutiny". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "2002 Report of Affordable Housing and Community Lending Initiatives" (PDF). Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Stephen Studdert Expected to Be Assistant to Bush". The Washington Post. January 2, 1989. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Appointment of Federal Home Loan Bank Directors" (PDF). Federal Housing Finance Board. March 21, 1996. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Federal Hom e Loan Bank Directorship" (PDF). Federal Housing Finance Board. December 1 4, 1999. Retrieved 29 October 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ [1] Archived July 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ [2] Archived August 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "American in Danger by Stephen M. Studdert". Good Reads. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Business, church leader given the Distinguished Citizen Award by Scouts". Deseret News. April 3, 1998. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Guard Honors 6 Utah Leaders with its Minuteman Awards". Deseret News. June 27, 1996. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "S.L. Event to Honor 2 `People of Vision'". Deseret News. Sep 29, 1996. Retrieved 29 October 2013.