Author Pamela K. Gullard in conversation with Menlo College President Richard A. Moran

January 26, 2015:

Whether or not you have ever set foot on the Menlo College campus in Atherton, you might enjoy a virtual walk through the 85-year history of this hidden gem. Pam Gullard, author of Through the Gates: Eighty-Five Years of Menlo College and Its Times, will discuss the college’s past, present, and future with the new president, Dr. Richard Moran at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park on Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 pm. The four-year, coed college offers business and psychology education programs grounded in the liberal arts.

The evening will begin with a wine reception, followed by interesting stories about Menlo College over the decades, accompanied by previously unseen, historical photographs. Moran will speak about the exciting and far-ranging research that faculty members are conducting. Examples of the breadth of contemporary research being pursued by Menlo faculty include a history of U.S. immigration policies, corporate acquisition practices in India, Super Bowl advertisement strategies, moral development in corporations, and more. The talk will include future plans for the college, which will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2027.

Gullard has written three histories of California towns, showing in microcosm how the booming California economy of the 19th century led to the development of Silicon Valley. At Menlo, she teaches personal narrative and a class looking at the short story as literature.

Moran was named the 10th president of Menlo College in July 2014. His career includes serving as a venture capitalist and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, as well as taking an active role in the education community in the Silicon Valley and beyond. His most recent book is titled Navigating Tweets, Feats and Deletes. He is a frequent speaker on workplace issues and hosts a weekend radio show on KCBS called “In the Workplace.”