Scott Gould 2018 commencement address
Scott Gould, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration and current CEO of Mountain Lake associates, LLC, encouraged MUM graduates to volunteer for public service. Dr. Gould is a prime example of public service. In addition to being a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique, he is a 26-year veteran of the Navy Reserves and has held top positions in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Treasury. “I’m eager to encourage graduates to consider a career that serves people, whether serving in the military, working in federal, state, or local government, or working with a nonprofit,” said Dr. Gould, a Cornell graduate who holds an MBA and an EdD from the University of Rochester. He has a background in the medical industry, having been executive vice president of Medical Affairs at CareFirst, Inc., BlueCross BlueShield. His current focus is a startup, Mountain Lake Associates, a medical services firm that helps government providers such as the Veterans Administration offer better care by designing standardized programs that are easier for patients to use who have complicated or delicate conditions. Dr. Gould’s public service also includes being a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.