Bradford native and
venture capitalist George J. Still Jr. will address the graduating class of 2013 at the April commencement
Still, who is the son of Zenaide
Still of Bradford and the late Dr. George Still, will deliver the keynote
address during commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, in the KOA
Arena of the Sport and Fitness Center.
“Students at undergraduate colleges
rarely gain personal exposure to individuals who are clearly at the top of
their game in the business world,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of
Pitt-Bradford. “What makes Mr. Still so special and unique is his willingness
to dedicate time, energy and resources to worthy causes in this country and
throughout the world. That wonderful combination of boundless success and humanitarian
spirit makes him the ideal role model for our students.”
was born and raised in Bradford and graduated from the Pennsylvania State
University in 1980. Following his graduation, he moved to San Francisco to
pursue a career in finance. Still joined Ernst and Whinney (now Ernst &
Young) and completed a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School
of Business at Dartmouth College.
He then joined the Centennial
Venture Funds in Denver, where he began his career in venture capital investing,
or investing in new businesses carrying high risk. In 1989, Still joined
Northwest Venture Partners, where he became a managing partner in 1994. Over
the last 20 years, NVP has grown into a globally renowned private equity firm
with offices in California, New York, Israel and India.
During his 29-year tenure in venture
capital, Still has directly led investments in 45 early stage private
companies. He was the sole venture investor in PeopleSoft Inc., a human
resource management system, and served on the company’s board of directors formore
than 10 years. PeopleSoft grew from a start-up to a Standard & Poor’s
500-listed company that was subsequently acquired for more than $10 billion.
Still currently serves on the board
of directors of two public companies, Rackspace Holding Inc. and Workday Inc.,
and has also served on the boards of directors of numerous private and other
public companies. In addition to his role as a venture investor, Still was a
co-founder of three companies: PeopleMan Inc., Verio Inc. and Web.com Group
Inc. Forbes Magazine named him one of the nation’s top venture capital
investors on its Midas List.
For more than 25 years, Still has
been active at the Tuck School as a guest lecturer, member of the dean’s
advisory council and as a member of the board of advisors of the Tuck Center
for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the board of
directors and board committees of KnowledgeBeat, a nonprofit focusing on
children’s health in rural Zambia; The First Tee of San Francisco, a youth
development program; and the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
in Palo Alto, Calif. Still is a former member of the board of directors of the
National Venture Capital Association in Washington, D.C., and the Stanford
Business School Venture Capital Trust at Stanford University.
He is married to Elizabeth Van Brocklin
Still and lives in Atherton, Calif., where the couple has four children ages 18
through 23. Still is an avid golfer and enjoys fly-fishing and hunting.