David Pulver ’63, P’93

David Pulver
David Pulver has a strong interest in and a deep understanding of student life issues. He has served on the trustees’ Student Affairs Committee since 1983, and as its chair for many years. He also served on the Overseer Visiting Committee that evaluated the Dean of Students Office and on the committees studying student affairs for long-range planning. “Cotter Union was built at the time fraternities were abolished,” said David, “and the primary focus was on event space. What’s missing from the current student center is a place for students to meet informally, relax, and hang out. Colby is doing an excellent job of giving students a top-notch academic experience, but the non-academic experience at Colby can be improved upon.”

When he was thinking about making a major commitment to the Reaching the World campaign, David focused on the student center and asked what could be done to improve it. When he saw the architectural plans for the Cotter Union addition and renovation he became convinced that the project deserved his substantial support. “The more I saw it, the more excited I became,” he said. “I am willing to make a commitment for this kind of a building. It’s something that I believe in—that will be very significant for a large percentage of the campus.”

David, his wife Carol, and their daughter Stephanie Pulver ‘93 made the naming gift for the 8,000-square-foot addition that will bridge the space between Cotter Union’s two wings. The Pulver Pavilion, a large, open space with high, barrel-vaulted ceilings, will include a café, a snack bar, and a lounge area. Designed to function as a gathering place for Colby students, the pavilion will be the heart of Cotter Union, with most areas of the existing building leading to and from it.

David holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and is president of Cornerstone Capital Inc., a private investment company. His previous gifts to the College include the Pulver Family Professorship in Jewish Studies, the Hillel Room in the Pugh Center, and gifts toward the Lunder House, the Linda K. Cotter Internship Fund, the William R. Cotter Distinguished Teaching Professorship, and the William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate Fund. He is a member of the boards of Hearst-Argyle Television, Carter’s, FLAG Capital Management, and Public Health Research Institute. In 1968 he co-founded The Children’s Place, of which he was chairman and co-CEO until 1982. He and Carol have three children.
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