Don Gould elected Chair of the Pitzer College Board of Trustees

Pitzer College is pleased to announce that Donald P. Gould has been elected chair of the Pitzer College Board of Trustees. Trustee and Pitzer parent Jill Klein P’15, executive in residence at American University’s Kogod School of Business, will serve as the board’s vice-chair. Mr. Gould succeeds Harold A. Brown, who has served as board chair since 2017 and will remain on the board as an active member.

“I am both honored and excited to lead Pitzer’s Board of Trustees in this next chapter of the College’s growth,” Mr. Gould said. “Our trustees are a remarkably talented and dedicated group, generous with their time, expertise, and resources on behalf of Pitzer. I believe Pitzer is on a great trajectory for the future. The board looks forward to supporting President Oliver, his leadership team, the faculty, and the entire Pitzer community in making that bright future a reality.”

Don Gould joined Pitzer’s board in 2006 and has served as vice-chair since 2017. During his 15 years of service, he has led numerous committees, including the search for Pitzer’s sixth president, resulting in the appointment of Melvin L. Oliver in 2016. He also chaired the board’s investment committee and Climate Change Working Group.

In 2014, Gould spearheaded the board’s unanimous approval of the student-driven working group’s Fossil Fuel Divestment-Climate Action Model, which made Pitzer the first private higher education institution in California to commit to divesting its endowment of fossil fuel stocks. He also helped pioneer an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)-focused and fossil fuel-free global equity index fund, which was designed for endowments, foundations, and other nonprofits that want to invest responsibly. In 2018-19, he served as co-chair of Pitzer’s Strategic Planning Committee.

Mr. Gould is president and chief investment officer of Gould Asset Management of Claremont, which he founded in 1999. He brings to Pitzer’s Board of Trustees four decades of experience in financial asset management, including founding the Huntington Funds in 1985 and serving in a variety of senior management positions at Franklin Templeton Investments. Mr. Gould may also be best known for his investment column in the Claremont COURIER.

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