The Robert Day School of Economics and Finance
About Robert A. Day
Robert Day is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the W.M. Keck Foundation, one of the nation's largest philanthropic organizations, with assets of more than $1.2 billion. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Oakmont Corp.
Robert Day graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 1965 and started his career with the investment banking firm White, Weld and Company in New York. In 1971 he founded Trust Company of the West with just $2 million in client assets under management and served as Chairman from 1971 through 2014.
Robert Day also currently serves as a Director of Freeport-McMoRan Inc., a member of the Board of Governors of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, a member of the Board of Overseers at Keck School of Medicine at USC and a member of the Board of Trustees and Board Chair Emeritus at Claremont McKenna College as well as having served on the the US President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.
In September 2007, Robert Day pledged a $200 million personal gift to Claremont McKenna to create the Robert Day Scholars Program. This was the largest recorded gift to a liberal arts institution, the largest gift in the field of finance and economics, and among the top 20 largest gifts ever given to a college or university.