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The Foundation is governed by a twelve-member Board of Trustees, several of whom are members of the Templeton family. The Trustees are guided by the charter and bylaws written by Sir John Templeton.

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Denis R. Alexander Go to top

Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and Fellow of St. Edmund's College, Cambridge. He was previously Chair of the Molecular Immunology Programme and Head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development at The Babraham Institute, Cambridge. Alexander was an open scholar at Oxford University where he read biochemistry before undertaking a Ph.D. in neurochemistry at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London.

Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and Fellow of St. Edmund's College, Cambridge. He was previously Chair of the Molecular Immunology Programme and Head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development at The Babraham Institute, Cambridge. Alexander was an open scholar at Oxford University where he read biochemistry before undertaking a Ph.D. in neurochemistry at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. Alexander has published numerous articles and reviews, particularly in his research field of cancer and immunology, most recently in the New England Journal of Medicine (2008).  He is the editor of the journal, Science & Christian Belief, serves on the committee of Christians in Science, and lectures widely on the subject of science and faith. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book Rebuilding the Matrix - Science and Faith in the 21st Century (Oxford: Lion, 2001) which provides a general overview of the science-religion debate. More recently he has edited Can We Know Anything? Science, Faith and Postmodernity (Leicester: Apollos, 2005), co-authored (with Bob White FRS) Beyond Belief – Science, Faith and Ethical Challenges (Oxford: Lion, 2004), and published Creation or Evolution – Do We Have to Choose? (Oxford: Monarch, 2008; 3rd printing March 2009).

Heather Templeton Dill Go to top

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana with a bachelor's degree in history and a concentration in public policy. She holds a master's degree in American History from Villanova University. Dill taught high school history, government, and economics in Pennsylvania for six years. She spent several years homeschooling her children while living in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she also did manuscript editing and research assistance at the University of Virginia. Dill currently resides in Malvern, Pennsylvania, with her husband Jeff and their four children.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana with a bachelor's degree in history and a concentration in public policy. She holds a master's degree in American History from Villanova University. Dill taught high school history, government, and economics in Pennsylvania for six years. She spent several years homeschooling her children while living in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she also did manuscript editing and research assistance at the University of Virginia. Dill currently resides in Malvern, Pennsylvania, with her husband Jeff and their four children.

Nidhal Guessoum Go to top

Professor of Physics and Astronomy (specialty: Theoretical Astrophysics) and Associate Dean at American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Dr. Guessoum received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego and spent two years as a researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He has also been a visiting professor or researcher at several institutions, including long collaborations with colleagues at the Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements in France, as well as with scientists in Europe, in the USA, and in the Arab world. Dr.
Professor of Physics and Astronomy (specialty: Theoretical Astrophysics) and Associate Dean at American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Dr. Guessoum received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego and spent two years as a researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He has also been a visiting professor or researcher at several institutions, including long collaborations with colleagues at the Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements in France, as well as with scientists in Europe, in the USA, and in the Arab world. Dr. Guessoum’s primary areas of research are gamma-ray and nuclear astrophysics, galactic and extra-galactic; with his secondary areas of research in Islamic astronomy (new crescent visibility and Islamic calendar, Islamic cosmology, classical and modern, etc.), and popularization of astronomy and science. 
 
In addition to dozens of technical papers, he has published many articles on general science issues, edited two conference proceedings volumes on Islamic Astronomy (in English and Arabic), and authored or co-authored several books, including Islam’s Quantum Question: reconciling Muslim tradition and modern science (2011), in English, Reconcilier l’Islam et la Science Moderne: l’esprit d’Averroes (2009) and Islam et Science: Comment concilier le Coran et la science moderne (2013), both in French, and The Determination of Lunar Crescent Months and the Islamic Calendar (1993 and 1997) and The Story of the Universe (2002-2013, several editions), both in Arabic.
 
Dr. Guessoum has lectured at many renowned universities (Cambridge, Oxford, Cornell, Wisconsin). He also writes regularly on the above subjects in various venues. In July 2011 he was featured in a full-page article in Science, and in June 2013 he published a 4-page commentary in Nature about astronomy in the Arab world, past, present, and future. He has been interviewed in numerous international media, including Al-Jazeera, BBC, NPR, The Times, France 2, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Fox News, etc.

Rory Knight Go to top

Chairman of Oxford Metrica, a strategic advisory firm. He previously served two terms as Dean of Templeton College, Oxford, where he worked closely with Sir John Templeton for more than 10 years and was responsible for the college’s overall strategy and direction. Prior to taking up his post at Oxford, Knight was Vize-director at the Schweizerische Nationalbank (SNB), the Swiss Central Bank, where his role included providing policy advice on international financial matters. He retains significant links with central banks around the world.

Chairman of Oxford Metrica, a strategic advisory firm. He previously served two terms as Dean of Templeton College, Oxford, where he worked closely with Sir John Templeton for more than 10 years and was responsible for the college’s overall strategy and direction. Prior to taking up his post at Oxford, Knight was Vize-director at the Schweizerische Nationalbank (SNB), the Swiss Central Bank, where his role included providing policy advice on international financial matters. He retains significant links with central banks around the world. He joined the SNB from a chair in the International Management Institute (now IMD) of the University of Geneva. In 2000, with the support and encouragement of Sir John, Knight ventured into the entrepreneurial world with the launch of Oxford Metrica, which now has clients on every continent and has established a leadership position in corporate reputation and in international listings advice. Knight previously served as a member of the John Templeton Foundation Board of Advisors. He has published extensively in finance and business policy.

Stephen G. Post Go to top

Professor of preventive medicine and director/founder of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. Post is a senior fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, a senior scholar for the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and an elected fellow in the College of Physicians of Philadelphia for “distinguished contributions to medicine.

Professor of preventive medicine and director/founder of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. Post is a senior fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, a senior scholar for the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and an elected fellow in the College of Physicians of Philadelphia for “distinguished contributions to medicine.

” He is an elected member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel of Alzheimer's Disease International, and was recognized for “distinguished service” by the Association’s National Board. Post is a leader in the study of altruism, compassionate health care, and love in the integrative context of scientific research, health care outcomes, philosophy, and religious thought. He completed his Ph.D. on the relationship between self-giving love/altruism and happiness at the University of Chicago, where he was an elected university fellow, a preceptor in the Pritzker School of Medicine, and a fellow in the Martin E. Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. He is founder and president of The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, which was founded with a generous grant from the Templeton Foundation in 2001.

Eric Priest Go to top

James Gregory and Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Theoretical Solar Physics at the University of St. Andrews. He is an elected member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, and the Royal Society. Priest has served as vice president of the United Kingdom’s Royal Astronomical Society and president of the International Astronomical Union’s Commission on Solar Activity.

James Gregory and Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Theoretical Solar Physics at the University of St. Andrews. He is an elected member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, and the Royal Society. Priest has served as vice president of the United Kingdom’s Royal Astronomical Society and president of the International Astronomical Union’s Commission on Solar Activity. He was awarded the James Arthur Prize (Harvard), the Hale Prize (American Astronomical Society), the Rosseland Lectureship (Oslo University), the Gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, and the Payne-Gaposchkin medal and prize of the United Kingdom’s Institute of Physics. He has served on numerous national and international committees in astronomy, solar physics, and applied mathematics, and currently serves on the Scottish Episcopal Church’s Doctrine Committee and the Scottish Presbyterian Church’s Society, Religion, and Technology Committee. Priest studied mathematics at Nottingham University and received his doctorate from Leeds University. His research includes constructing mathematical models for the subtle and complex ways in which magnetic fields interact with plasmas in the atmosphere of the sun and in more exotic cosmic objects. He occasionally speaks on science and creativity, examining the relationships, tensions, and interactions between science and religion. Priest is the author of over 450 peer-reviewed research publications and has written or edited 18 books, including Solar Magnetohydrodynamics (1982) and Magnetic Reconnection: MHD Theory and Applications (with T.G. Forbes, 2000).

Jeffrey P. Schloss Go to top

Distinguished professor of biology and T. B. Walker Chair of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Westmont College, where he directs the Center for Faith, Ethics, and the Life Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Washington University, and has taught at the University of Michigan and Wheaton College. Schloss has been a Danforth Fellow, a Crosson Fellow at the University of Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion, a Plummer Fellow at St. Anne's College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow of the Emory University Center for Law and Religion.

Distinguished professor of biology and T. B. Walker Chair of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Westmont College, where he directs the Center for Faith, Ethics, and the Life Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Washington University, and has taught at the University of Michigan and Wheaton College. Schloss has been a Danforth Fellow, a Crosson Fellow at the University of Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion, a Plummer Fellow at St. Anne's College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow of the Emory University Center for Law and Religion. His two-fold scholarly interests involve water balance in poikilohydric organisms and evolutionary accounts of human nature, including the philosophical and theological entailments of these theories. Collaborative projects include Altruism & Altruistic Love (with Stephen Post, et al, 2002, Oxford), Evolution and Ethics (with Philip Clayton, 2004, Eerdmans), and The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion (with Michael Murray, 2009, Oxford).

John W. Schott Go to top

Serves on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. Schott received his bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He did a medical internship at the Mayo Graduate School at the University of Minnesota and completed psychiatry training at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He is also a graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and Society. His major area of research is in behavioral finance with special interest in the relationship between personality and investment decisions.

Serves on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. Schott received his bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He did a medical internship at the Mayo Graduate School at the University of Minnesota and completed psychiatry training at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He is also a graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and Society. His major area of research is in behavioral finance with special interest in the relationship between personality and investment decisions. Schott is the author of two books and numerous articles and papers. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Behavioral Finance. Currently, he is a portfolio manager and director of Steinberg Global Asset Management based in Boston, MA and Boca Raton, FL and the publisher of The Schott Letter, a newsletter about psychology and the stock market.

Jane M. Siebels Go to top

Founder, chairwoman, and CIO of Green Cay Asset Management; director of the late Sir John Templeton's First Trust Bank; and co-founder of iGivingWorld, a social network for philanthropists. Siebels formed Green Cay Asset Management in 1997, an investment firm which oversees $300 million in assets for institutions and high net worth individuals. From 1990-1996, she was senior vice president and portfolio manager at Templeton, Galbraith, & Hansberger, one of the world's leading investment advisory firms.

Founder, chairwoman, and CIO of Green Cay Asset Management; director of the late Sir John Templeton's First Trust Bank; and co-founder of iGivingWorld, a social network for philanthropists. Siebels formed Green Cay Asset Management in 1997, an investment firm which oversees $300 million in assets for institutions and high net worth individuals. From 1990-1996, she was senior vice president and portfolio manager at Templeton, Galbraith, & Hansberger, one of the world's leading investment advisory firms. Previously, Siebels was head of Institutional Equity Management at Union Bank of Switzerland in Zurich and managed global equity and bond assets for Storebrand International in Oslo, Norway. She is a former director of the micro-financing organization Accion International, and was also charter director of the Genesis Emerging Market Fund and the Genesis Chile Fund. She served on the board of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and on the finance committee for the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts. Siebels, under a Rotary fellowship, studied international economics at the doctoral level at the Wirtschaftsuniversitat Wien in Vienna, Austria, and the Hochschule St. Gallen, Switzerland. She holds an M.A. in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a B.B.A. in business administration, with majors in finance and marketing, from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Jack Templeton Go to top

John M. Templeton, Jr. (Jack) has been actively involved in the Foundation since its inception in 1987.  He retired from his medical practice in 1995. He directs all of the Foundation's activities and works closely with the Foundation's staff, Trustees, and Board of Advisors.

John M. Templeton, Jr. (Jack) has been actively involved in the Foundation since its inception in 1987.  He retired from his medical practice in 1995. He directs all of the Foundation's activities and works closely with the Foundation's staff, Trustees, and Board of Advisors.

A graduate of Yale University, he earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship and residency in surgery at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and subsequently trained in pediatric surgery under Dr. C. Everett Koop at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After serving two years in the U.S. Navy, he returned to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1977, where he served on the staff as pediatric surgeon and trauma program director. He also served as professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Templeton was board certified in pediatric surgery and surgical critical care and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He serves as Vice Chairman of the American Trauma Society and as a president of its Pennsylvania division. He has published numerous papers in medical and professional journals, in addition to two books, Thrift and Generosity: The Joy of Giving (2004) and A Searcher's Life (2008).

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Josephine (Pina) Templeton Go to top

Born in Capri, Italy, Templeton attended Fordham University and the University of Rome Medical School. She completed an internship and a residency in pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia and a residency in general anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1977, Templeton began a private practice in pediatric anesthesia at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and was appointed to the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania.

Born in Capri, Italy, Templeton attended Fordham University and the University of Rome Medical School. She completed an internship and a residency in pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia and a residency in general anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1977, Templeton began a private practice in pediatric anesthesia at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and was appointed to the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. Templeton’s tenure as a Senior Clinical Anesthesiologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia ended in 1999 when she retired from the active practice of medicine. Templeton has served on the boards of Opportunity International and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She presently serves as a trustee of the Scholarship Committee of the Union League of Philadelphia. She also serves on the Ladies’ Committee of the Union League and of The Salvation Army, and is active in her church, Proclamation Presbyterian Church. Templeton was honored by The Salvation Army in 2005, and was awarded, together with her husband John M. Templeton, Jr., the 2006 Heroes of Liberty Award by the National Liberty Museum.

Harvey M. Templeton, III Go to top

Born in Sewanee, Tennessee, Templeton graduated from the University of the South and the University of Tennessee Law School. During his professional career, he served as a staff attorney in the legal department of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, as assistant secretary and then secretary of Hiwassee Land Company and East Highlands Company (wholly owned subsidiaries of Bowater Incorporated), and as assistant secretary of Bowater Incorporated. Since 1995, Templeton has been in the private practice of law. He has served as secretary of the Foundation since its inception.

Born in Sewanee, Tennessee, Templeton graduated from the University of the South and the University of Tennessee Law School. During his professional career, he served as a staff attorney in the legal department of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, as assistant secretary and then secretary of Hiwassee Land Company and East Highlands Company (wholly owned subsidiaries of Bowater Incorporated), and as assistant secretary of Bowater Incorporated. Since 1995, Templeton has been in the private practice of law. He has served as secretary of the Foundation since its inception.

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