SCHOOL TIES AND BLACK TIES
Byline: David Moin
NEW YORK — It’s a familiar sight — Michael Gould, Bloomingdale’s chairman and chief executive officer, on the charity circuit.
Last Wednesday, he was recognized for his professional achievements and taking on a different cause for the first time: Columbia College student scholarships for the needy. It’s a cause that he confessed should have been on his agenda years ago.
Gould, a graduate of the Columbia University School of Business, received the Columbia College John Jay Award Wednesday, at a black-tie dinner at The Plaza, raising a record $1.3 million and drawing 650 guests. He’s been an active supporter of the business school portion of the university, but when asked why he never before helped the college, where more than 25 percent of the student body of 4,000 receive substantial financial assistance, he replied, “No one ever asked me to.”
“It was the honest answer, but it was an inappropriate answer,” he said.
“It’s no one’s responsibility to call me. It is my responsibility to get involved.”
Also receiving John Jay Awards for outstanding achievements were Cristina Teuscher, two-time Olympic swimming medalist and Columbia’s greatest swimmer ever; Carlos Munoz, former top executive with Dime Savings Bank, Dime Consulting Group and Citibank; and Thomas Glocer, ceo of Reuters Group.