Scotty McLennan '66 has been named the 2017-18 Alumni Award recipient. McLennan is a lecturer in political economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), where he teaches business ethics and the intersection of business and spirituality. From 2000 to 2014, he was the Stanford University dean for religious life. He became lecturer at the GSB starting in 2003. Prior to working at Stanford, he was the university chaplain at Tufts from 1984 to 2000; during 10 of those years, he was also a lecturer at Harvard Business School.
McLennan received his B.A. from Yale University in 1970 as a Scholar of the House, working in the area of computers and the mind. He earned M.Div. and J.D. degrees from Harvard Divinity and Law Schools in 1975. That same year, he was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry and admitted to the Massachusetts bar as an attorney. From 1975 to 1984, McLennan practiced church-sponsored poverty law in the Dorchester area of Boston. He represented low-income people in the general practice of law, including consumer, landlord-tenant, government benefits, immigration, family, and criminal law.
At Stanford, McLennan has taught undergraduate courses through the Ethics in Society Program ("Ethics and the Professions" and "The Meaning of Life"), Urban Studies ("Spirituality and Nonviolent Social Transformation"), the Masters of Liberal Arts Program ("The Meaning of Life"), Continuing Studies ("Exploring Liberal Christianity"), and the GSB ("The Business World: Moral and Spiritual Inquiry Through Literature," "Finding Spiritual Meaning at Work: Business Exemplars," and "Global Business: Unspoken Rules of the Game).
McLennan is co-author of Church on Sunday, Work on Monday: The Challenge of Fusing Christian Values With Business Life (Jossey-Bass, 2001) and the author of Finding Your Religion: When the Faith You Grew Up With Has Lost Its Meaning (Harper San Francisco, 1999) and Jesus Was a Liberal: Reclaiming Christianity for All (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
"I'm deeply honored and humbled by this award," McLennan said. "I remember very well attending the ceremonies for the Alumni Award honorees when I was a Hotchkiss student, and it means more than I can ever convey that I'm now among them. I look forward to the opportunity to talk to current students about how Hotchkiss has influenced my life, and how they might envision what it can mean to them, both in the short run and the long run."
McLennan will be honored in an All-School assembly at Hotchkiss on May 11.