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Bateman, Merrill J.



  • Existence: 1936-

Biographical History

Merrill J. Bateman (born 1936) is an academic administrator and ecclesiastical leader for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah.

Merrill Joseph Bateman was born on June 19, 1936 in Lehi, Utah to Joseph Frederic and Belva Smith Bateman. He was raised in American Fork, Utah, and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Great Britain. After his return Bateman attended the University of Utah, and on March 23, 1959 he married Marilyn Scholes in the Salt Lake Temple. They had seven children.

In 1960 Bateman completed a bachelor's degree in economics, and then went on to earn a Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965. After finishing his degrees he taught at the United States Air Force Academy from 1964 to 1967, before joining the faculty at Brigham Young University in 1967. He stayed at BYU from 1967 to 1971, when he left to worked as an executive for Mars, Inc. He returned to the university in 1975, serving as dean of the business school until 1979. He left once more for Mars after his term as dean, then opened his own consulting and management firms in 1980.

In 1992 he was called as a General Authority of the Church, and served in the Second Quorum of the Seventy and as an area president. Between 1994 and 1995 he served as the Presiding Bishop of the Church, before being called to be president of Brigham Young University. He served as university president from 1996 to 2003. Following his term as president he returned to Church service as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy and president of the General Sunday School. In 2007 he was appointed as president of the Provo Utah Temple.

Ghana's cocoa pricing policy, 1990: t.p. (Merrill J. Bateman)

Wikipedia, via WWW, Apr. 18, 2013 (Merrill J. Bateman; Merrill Joseph Bateman; b. June 19, 1936 in Lehi, Utah; served mission in Great Britain in 1950s; m. Marilyn Scholes, seven children; bachelor's degree, University of Utah, 1960; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1965; taught economics at United States Air Force Academy (1964-1967), Brigham Young University (1967-1979); dean of BYU business school, 1975-1979; member of the Seventy, 1992-1994, 1995-2007; Presiding Bishop, 1994-1995; president of Brigham Young University, 1996-2003; Presidency of the Seventy, 2003-2007; president of the Sunday School, 2003-2004; president of the Provo Utah Temple, 2007- )

Office of the President website, via WWW, Apr. 18, 2013 (Merrill J. Bateman; president of Brigham Young University, Jan. 1, 1996-May 1, 2003; b. Lehi and raised in American Fork, Utah; bachelor's degree in economics, University of Utah, 1960; doctorate in economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1965; Danforth Fellow (1960-1964); Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1960-1961; taught at University of Ghana, 1963; assistant professor of economics at the U.S. Air Force Academy, 1964-1967; associate professor of economics at BYU, 1967-1969; professor of economics at BYU, 1969-1971; and dean of the BYU School of Management, 1975-1979; executive with Mars, Inc., in England and the United States (1971-1975); called to Second Quorum of the Seventy, 1992; president of the Asia North Area; missionary, bishop, stake high councilor, stake president, and regional representative; sustained Presiding Bishop, 1994; president of BYU; First Quorum of the Seventy)

BYU Magazine, Mar. 1996 (Merrill J. Bateman; b. June 19, 1936 in Lehi, Utah to Joseph Frederic and Belva Smith Bateman; m. Marilyn Scholes in the Salt Lake Temple, Mar. 23, 1959, seven children; BS in economics, University of Utah, 1960; PhD in economics (minor in political science), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1965; served in U.S. Air Force, 1964-67; senior staff officer, Mars, Inc., 1979-1980; owner of two companies, a commodities consulting firm and a management and investment service firm, 1980-1992)

Found in 111 Collections and/or Records:

L. Lee Bartlett collection of Office of the President records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5601
Scope and Contents Contains the e-mails written to and the responses from the Brigham Young University President's Page. Started in 2000, the President's Page was an opportunity for students, community members, and alumni to have more direct contact with the President of Brigham Young University. The materials include e-mails from Presidents Merrill J. Bateman (President from 1996-2003) and Cecil O. Samuelson (President from 2003-). The e-mails include a wide range of subjects including thank you...
Dates: 2000-2006

Board of Trustees minutes and agendas, 1996-2001

Identifier: UA 1073 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains minutes and agendas from Board of Trustees meetings.

Dates: 1996-2001

Brigham Young University presidential portraits

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5333
Scope and Contents

Contains portraits of the presidents of the university from Warren N. Dusenberry to Merrill J. Bateman, excluding Rex E. Lee's portrait. Materials date from between 1875 and 2003.

Dates: 1875-2003

Brigham Young University recordings of Wyview Park dedication

Identifier: UA 910
Scope and Contents

Audiocassette and videocassette recordings of dedication services for the Wyview Park family student housing development at Brigham Young University on November 1, 1998. Speakers included Merrill J. Bateman, John M. R. Covey, David A. Hunt, Henry B. Eyring, and James E. Faust. Includes dedicatory prayer offered by James E. Faust.

Dates: 1998 November 1

Brigham Young University records on accreditation and community relations, 1996-2001

 Series — Carton 94: Series 5; Series 7 [Barcode: 31197232585155], Folder: 1-10
Identifier: UA 1073 Series 7
Scope and Contents

Contains information on the accreditation of Brigham Young University in 1996 and files on community relations with Provo City.

Dates: 1996-2001

Digital copies of the Banyan yearbook

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197231034312]
Identifier: UA 755
Scope and Contents Four copies of the first BYU yearbook to be produced on CD-ROM. The CD-ROM was produced by "The Daily Universe" and the Intructional Technology Center. Includes a video clip of Merrill J. Bateman, university president. Also includes photo and text images representing activities of colleges, facilities, and events on campus. The storage-case cover contains an overview of the contents of the disk; credits identifying people who handled various aspects of disk production; instructions for...
Dates: 1996-1997

Honorary memberships for Brigham Young University presidents

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231234490]
Identifier: UA 1185
Scope and Contents

Certificates of honorary membership in the Sons of Utah Pioneers for all Brigham Young University presidents from Warren Dusenberry through Cecil O. Samuelson.

Dates: 2005

Islamic Translation Series records, 1998

 Series — Box 93: Series 6 [Barcode: 31197232585148]
Identifier: UA 1073 Series 6
Scope and Contents

Contains a scrapbook about the first issue of the Islamic Translation series as well as audio casette recordings of dinners associated with the project.

Dates: 1998

Marilyn S. Bateman speeches, 1996-2000

Identifier: UA 1073 Series 3 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains speeches prepared by Marilyn S. Bateman during her husband's presidency at Brigham Young University.

Dates: 1996-2000

Marriott School of Management dean records, 1962-1985

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 711 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains materials from the Dean's Office dated 1962-1985. The materials include correspondence, minutes, reports, newsletters, and notes. Included are materials collected by Byron J. Anderson and Delora P. Bertelsen.

Dates: 1962-1985