Heather Templeton Dill
Heather Templeton Dill is president of the John Templeton Foundation. Prior to assuming this role in 2015, she served as executive liaison to the president under her father, the late Dr. Jack Templeton. Dill is the granddaughter of the late Sir John Templeton.
In her tenure as president, Dill and the Foundation have awarded 1,150 grants totaling more than $743 million. The John Templeton Foundation funds research and discovery across a range of subjects in the sciences, philosophy and theology from gratitude and hope to the psychology of purpose and positive neuroscience. Under her leadership, the Foundation plans to increase its grants and donations to approximately $313 million total across 2021 and 2022.
One of the main programs of the Foundation is the Templeton Prize, valued at 1.1 million British pounds. It is one of the world’s largest annual individual awards to honor individuals whose exemplary achievements advance her grandfather’s philanthropic vision: harnessing the power of the sciences to explore the deepest questions of the universe and humankind’s place and purpose within it.
In 2020, Dill oversaw an update to the nomination process of the Templeton Prize to solicit greater diversity among nominees. Her objective was to achieve diversity across the board in terms of religion, discipline, expertise, opinions, geography, ethnicity, and gender. The 2021 Templeton Prize Laureate was Dr. Jane Goodall, the first female primatologist in the history of the Prize. Past laureates have included Mother Teresa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and the Dalai Lama.
Dill has spoken at various venues on living in a pluralistic world, on the research-supported benefits to a life of purpose, as well as the importance of intellectual humility.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Dill taught high-school level history, government, and economics.
She served as a trustee of the John Templeton Foundation from 1997-2003 and 2009-2015 and has been a member of the Foundation’s executive, finance, and strategic planning committees. Dill previously served on the Templeton Religion Trust steering committee and the Templeton World Charity Foundation board and is currently a member of the board of First Trust Bank Limited.
She holds a master’s degree in American history from Villanova University and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in history and a concentration in public policy.