Theosophical Society gets new president

Updated - May 21, 2016 01:45 pm IST

Published - April 29, 2014 01:32 am IST - CHENNAI:

Tim Boyd took charge as the eighth international president on Monday — Photo: V. Ganesan

Tim Boyd took charge as the eighth international president on Monday — Photo: V. Ganesan

Tim Boyd is the new president of the international Theosophical Society headquartered in Adyar.

Mr. Boyd, previously of the Theosophical Society in America, assumed charge as the eighth international president on Monday.

After the death of Radha Burnier, who served as the society’s president for 33 years, 61-year-old Mr. Boyd has taken charge and will serve as president for seven years. He won 7,190 votes, 2,948 more votes than C.V.K. Maithreya who competed against him for the post.

Mr. Boyd, who lives in Illinois, received a warm reception from members here at a function organised in the city.

Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Boyd said: “As the international president, I will have to travel extensively. But, I will shift to Chennai. I look forward to develop methods to acquaint people to the teachings of Theosophy.” He said digital methods would also be used to spread theosophy.

The Theosophical Society has over 26,000 members spread over 70 countries. Mr. Boyd and Mr. Maithreya were nominated by the international general council for the position. In Chennai, the Society has 14 lodges and 1,009 members.

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