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Huntsman Graduate is Drafted By President Obama to be on Advisory Council

Elder Steven E. Snow, LDS Church Historian, Asked to Serve One Year on “Faith-Based” Council

A Huntsman graduate has been tapped to become a member of an advisory council for the Obama administration that aims to find ways government and charitable organizations can work together to better help those in need.

Elder Steven E. Snow has accepted an invitation to serve on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships for one year. Elder Snow, who is also the historian, recorder, and Church History Department executive director, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said he will be attending regular meetings and working with administrative staff by phone and e-mail between meetings.

Dean Anderson and Elder Snow

Elder Steven E. Snow walks across campus with Dean Douglas D. Anderson after receiving the Professional Achievement Award in March 2011.

Photo by Steve Eaton

“It is a privilege to serve,” he said. “I also believe we all have a responsibility to engage in civic and community service.”

Elder Snow graduated from the Huntsman School of Business in 1974 with a degree in accounting and from Brigham Young University’s Law School in 1977. After serving as a Deputy County Attorney for Washington County for two years, he founded his own firm in St. George. He was recognized with a Professional Achievement Award by the Huntsman School of Business in March of 2011 and was a speaker at the Partners in Business Principle Centered Leadership Seminar that year.

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, issued a statement about the appointment:

“Elder Snow has provided dedicated service to the church, and I know he will serve as a valuable member of the President’s Advisory Council,” the statement reads. “The faith-based office is made up of leaders of religions from across our great country, and Elder Snow’s appointment ensures that the LDS faith will have a seat at the table.”

The council’s website says it will make “recommendations to the President and the Administration on changes in policies, programs, and practices” that can lead to improvements in the implementation and coordination of public polices, in part, by “identifying best practices and successful modes of delivering social services.”