Robert S. Doolittle graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Lehigh University in 1965 and earned a juris doctorate degree from Georgetown University in 1968. While at Lehigh, he was a treasurer of the Sigma Chi fraternity, participated in the men’s skiing club and the Class Cabinet, and was vice president of the Student Investment Council.
During his professional career, Bob has been directly involved in more than 200 investment banking transactions with both large and small companies and has served in a financial advisory capacity in domestic and international financings. During law school, he began employment with the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. From 1969 until the firm was sold in 2000, he worked at J.C. Bradford & Co, an investment banking firm based in Nashville, starting as an associate in corporate finance and eventually heading the department as managing director. In addition to those duties at Bradford, he performed merger and acquisition advisory work with an emphasis on healthcare services in the United States and abroad. From 2000 to 2003, he helped lead a new healthcare banking effort as managing director of the investment banking firm Jefferies & Company in New York.
Since retiring, he has become an active member of a number of corporate and other boards, including being chairman of the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency and also of The Harpeth Hall School, a private girls’ school in Nashville. To help improve Nashville’s public education system, he co-founded the Excellence for Public Education P.A.C. (political action committee), now called SuccessPAC, where he is also a member of the board.
A member of the Asa Packer Society and the Tower Society, the top giving societies of Lehigh University, Bob established an endowed scholarship fund in his namesake to be awarded to minority undergraduate students in the College of Business and Economics (CBE). He has also supported the campaign to build the Rauch Business Center, which houses CBE and other departments, and has provided generously to the CBE Dean’s Initiative Fund.
An advocate for enhancing urban education, Bob provided program and facility support for the Center for Developing Urban Educational Leaders (CDUEL) within the College of Education. He has established a CDUEL Professor of Practice, currently filled by Professor Jon Drescher, a former New York City principal, who teaches graduate courses designed specifically for veteran educators who are aspiring school leaders. Bob is a member of the College of Education’s Dean’s Advisory Council.