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Robert C. Gay

Robert C. Gay

Title: Head of the Perpetual Education Fund

Company: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Business Economics, Harvard University, 1982
BA, Economics, emphasis in Statistics, University of Utah, 1976

Huntsman School Interactions:

Dean's Convocation - November 13, 2014


Elder Robert C. Gay was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 31, 2012, at age 60. At the time of his call, he had been serving as a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America Southeast Area. He is currently serving at Church headquarters as chairman of the Perpetual Education Fund Committee and international Employment Resource Services.

Elder Gay received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with an emphasis in statistics from the University of Utah in 1976. In 1982, he received a Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard University. Most recently, he was the chief executive officer of a large investment firm he co-founded. Previously, he served 15 years as a managing director at Bain Capital. Prior to Bain, Elder Gay worked in investment banking on Wall Street, was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and an instructor in economics at Harvard University. Throughout his career, Elder Gay has also co-founded and served as a director on several global humanitarian organizations that have built schools, medical clinics, micro-enterprises, and protected children at risk. His work in these areas has extensively helped lift many around the world out of poverty.

Elder Gay has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in Spain, ward mission leader, high priests group leader, gospel doctrine teacher, ward Young Men president, high councilor, bishop’s counselor, mission president, and Area Seventy.

Robert Christopher Gay was born in Los Angeles, California on September 1, 1951. He married Lynette Nielsen in April 1974. They are the parents of seven children and fifteen grandchildren.