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LDS Council Updates – Summer 2024

University of Virginia, Mormon Studies Program

This summer, Jolene Bodily will step down as Chair of the UVA Mormon Studies Council, a position she has served since 2018.

The Council Accomplishments of Jolene Bodily

Bodily has served on the LDS Council since its inception in 2013, acting as its Co-Chair from 2015-2018 and its Chair from 2018-2024. Under Bodily’s leadership, the Council raised $1,003,000 with $345,000 going to endowed funds.

Bodily expresses gratitude for the opportunity to collaborate with bright minds and forward thinkers. Julee Ellsworth and Alison Bennett will serve as Co-Chairs as Prof. Maffly-Kipp assumes the new Bushman Chair in late summer.

Programs and Services Supported by Bodily’s Raised Funds:
Doctoral and post-doctoral study
Workshops and panels
LDSSA Gatherings
Scholarly Research
The Joseph Smith Lecture Series
Our interactive, resource-rich website

About the LDS Council

The members of the LDS Council provide leadership in developing Mormon Studies at UVA, participate in its initiatives, and offer counsel on its goals.