The appointment of a Muslim to serve on the Utah Chapter board is a first for the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
Ghulam Patel, Islamic Society of Salt Lake City president, was officially named to the Utah Chapter board on March 19.Patel, 42, is a native of Karachi, Pakistan, who lives in Murray with his wife, the former Lauri Adams, and two children. He is an engineering graduate of Weber State University and is a section manager of engineers at National Semiconductor Corp.'s West Jordan plant. The Patels own an ice cream parlor on Fort Union Boulevard that Mrs. Patel operates.
In introducing Patel to the Utah board, board co-chairman Theodore J. Speros noted that the suggestion to name a Muslim to the board originated with Salt Lake business leader, James L. Sorenson, a long-time member of the Utah board who was recently named to the national board of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
Also named to the Utah board was Utah Jazz player Tyrone Corbin, who replaces ex-Jazz star Thurl Bailey. Co-chairmen of the Utah chapter, in addition to Speros, are John W. Gallivan, publisher emeritus of the Salt Lake Tribune; Arch L. Madsen, president emeritus of Bonneville International Corp.; Joseph Rosenblatt, founder and chief executive officer of Emco Corp. for 40 years; and Deanna Clark, civic volunteer leader of Salt Lake City.
The director of the conference's Utah chapter is L.K. Abbott.