Elder Neal A. Maxwell (M.S. in Political Science, University of Utah) has served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since July 1981. He was a member of the presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy and an Assistant to the Twelve. A lifelong educator, Elder Maxwell was Executive Vice President at the University of Utah at the time of his appointment as the Commissioner of Education for the Church Educational System. Before his full-time church callings, Elder Maxwell held a variety of administrative and teaching positions with the University of Utah.