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MUM commencement speaker announced

By Courtesy of Jim Karpen, editor of The Review | Apr 20, 2018

Scott Gould, former Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs and a supporter of the David Lynch Foundation, will deliver the 2018 commencement address on graduation day, June 24. The ceremony is 1-3 p.m. at the Maharishi Patanjali Men’s Golden Dome.

Gould’s career in government includes chief financial officer and assistant secretary for administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and deputy assistant secretary for finance and management at the U.S. Department of Treasury.

His career in business includes vice president for public sector strategy at IBM Global Business Services; CEO of the O’Gara Company, an investment services firm; and COO of Exolve, a technology services company.

Gould served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years, including as a naval intelligence officer.

As the Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, he was a supporter of the David Lynch Foundation, including appearing at a fundraising event in 2012 for Operation Warrior Wellness, which supports teaching the Transcendental Meditation technique to veterans.

During his tenure, the Veterans Administration allocated $5 million to study the effects of several meditation techniques as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Gould is also a co-author of “The People Factor: Strengthening America by Investing in Public Service,” which offers management tools for improving the public sector.

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