Bill Mulligan ’72 is managing partner of Primus Capital Funds, a Cleveland-based private equity organization. But he’s also heavily invested in several non-profits. A board member at the Cleveland Clinic, Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Land Trust Alliance, among others, Mulligan long has involved himself with charitable causes.
“I find the work to be interesting and believe there is an obligation to get involved and support organizations that are helping others,” he says.
Mulligan’s involvement with charitable organizations doesn’t often extend beyond serving on boards, although he has led annual funds and capital campaigns. Given his financial expertise – he currently is investing a $353 million fund for Primus – he typically is given investment-related responsibilities.
Of all his charitable involvement over the years, Mulligan feels closest to causes such as education, health care and land conservation. He serves on the board of Denison University, where he earned a bachelor’s in economics in 1976 (and met his wife), and is a former longtime Gilmour board member whose father, Thomas, served as Gilmour’s general counsel. “I got a great education and made many good friends,” Mulligan says of his time at Gilmour. “It prepared me well.”
Tell us about your family.
I am married to Hattie. We have two children and one grandchild.
Who was your best teacher at Gilmour?
Paul Primeau. There was not a better chemistry teacher.
What’s something you’re looking forward to?
My second grandchild, due in early June.
What’s your favorite thing about Cleveland?
The people and opportunities to get involved and make a difference.
What skill would you like to learn?
I’d like to play a musical instrument. Maybe in my retirement I’ll find the time to learn.