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David Golder named chair of Drake University Board of Trustees

June 28, 2016
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David Golder

David Golder, FA’79, managing partner of Golder Investment Management and vice president and treasurer of the Golder Family Foundation, has been named chair of the Drake University Board of Trustees. Golder, who has served on the board since 2005, starts his term as chair on July 1.

“David brings the perfect blend of temperament, knowledge, and commitment to his new role as chair of our Board,” said Drake University President Marty Martin. “He also has a thorough understanding of our strengths and the challenges we face in an ever-changing higher education landscape. I look forward to working with David to chart the path forward for Drake University.”

Golder’s service to the Drake University Board of Trustees has included numerous leadership roles, including chair of the finance and academic affairs committees.

“It is an honor to serve as chair of Drake’s Board of Trustees,” Golder said. “Strong leadership by energized students, exceptional faculty and administrators, and committed trustees positions Drake University for continued success."

Golder, of Winnetka, Ill., graduated from Drake with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications in 1979. After Drake, he worked in commercial photography and video production leading to the establishment of Lightfall Interactive, specializing in the development of interactive multimedia software for the corporate marketplace.

In 2001, Golder established Golder Investment Management—which works in financial management and private equity investing. He also manages the Golder Family Foundation, a charitable organization that donates to education, health care, and senior causes.

David, his wife Carol, and the Golder Family Foundation support Drake through numerous philanthropic means, including sponsorship of the Engaged Citizen Conference.

He also currently serves as the board chair of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center and on the governing board of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. Golder has held numerous positions with a variety of Chicago non-profits.

Golder succeeds Larry Zimpleman, former president and CEO of The Principal Financial Group, as chair. Zimpleman has served in that role since June 2012.