Commencement speaker Scott Gould

Scott Gould, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration and current CEO of Mountain Lake associates, LLC, will encourage MUM graduates to volunteer for public service at the upcoming 2018 commencement ceremonies.   

“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.

Dr. Gould is a prime example of 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.

He also 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.

These programs use integrative medical approaches to achieve better outcomes at a lower cost. This approach includes Transcendental Meditation as an adjuvant therapy that patients choose to learn on a volunteer basis.

Recently Dr. Gould has been working to make the Transcendental Meditation technique available to veterans who are suffering from alcohol and opiate addiction.

“Scott is dedicated to promoting the Transcendental Meditation technique for its profound therapeutic value,” said Jamie Grant, executive director of institutional programs for the Maharishi Foundation, the organization that teaches Transcendental Meditation in the U.S.

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.

He is a board member of the Partnership for Public Service. In addition, he is a former member of the Council on Government Transparency and Accountability and a former member of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Overseers. 

Dr. Gould’s extensive business experience includes being a vice president at IBM Global Business Services.

Dr. Grant said he is an ideal person to focus on developing new therapy programs because of his detailed knowledge of government institutions and his understanding of how business works.

Commencement will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 1 p.m. in the Maharishi Patanjali Golden Dome.

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