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TimothyBoyd Tim Boyd currently serves as president of the Theosophical Society in America, and also the international president of the Theosophical Society. He was born in New York City in 1953 and lived there for seventeen years until he went away to college at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He later transferred to the University of Chicago, where he was an honors graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs.

In Chicago Tim was first introduced to Theosophy and the Theosophical Society through Bill Lawrence, a TS member who was a mentor for many young people in the area. Tim joined the TSA in 1974. With Bill and others he founded a Theosophical spiritual community in Chicago's inner city. The group held classes on the Ageless Wisdom, meditation, and healing. They worked with at-risk and disadvantaged youth, transformed vacant lots into award-winning organic food gardens, and placed beehives on the roofs of local buildings. They formed a business that initially focused on reclaiming and renovating some of the deteriorating residential buildings in their area. In time, the business was formalized as Royal Associates and developed residential buildings for low- and middle-income families. The organization’s work helped stabilize neighborhoods through the training and employment of local youth and the creation of affordable homes for area residents. Tim was a managing partner in the business.

Tim has been involved in Theosophical work at all levels: as a lodge member, founder of a study center, a member of the TSA national board of directors, TSA vice-president, and now president. In 1988 TSA president Dorothy Abbenhouse asked him to serve as a national lecturer. Since that time he has spoken across the USA and on every continent except Africa and Australia. His articles have been translated into several languages and have appeared in Theosophical journals around the world. From 1996 to 2000 he worked in hospice services as a volunteer in a team that involved doctors, social workers, and nurses.  In 2007 he became president of the Theosophical Order of Service USA. One of his first projects as president involved an international fund-raising effort for a challenge grant to aid the Golden Link School in the Philippines. With the aid of TOS sections worldwide, they were able to substantially exceed the matching grant.

Tim’s involvement with the Theosophical Order of Service and the Chushul orphanage in Tibet led to an audience with the Dalai Lama, which resulted in the TSA sponsoring his visit to Chicago in July of 2011 — a two-day event attended by ten thousand people. The event raised $400,000, all of which was donated to educational projects aiding Tibetan communities worldwide.

Tim lives at the Olcott national center in Wheaton, Illinois, with his wife, Lily, and daughter, Angelique, when she is home from college.