H. Bruce McEver is president and co-founder of The Foundation for Religious Literacy and chairman and founder of Berkshire Global Advisors.
He founded Berkshire Capital in 1983, pioneering the concept of providing independent mergers, acquisitions, and strategic advisory services for investment managers and securities firms. As Chairman, Bruce directs the firm’s international business development in addition to his responsibilities for major long-standing client relationships.
Bruce serves on the boards of the Poets House, University of Georgia Press and the Story Preservation Initiative and is a member of the Dean’s Council at the Harvard Divinity School and the Chandler School at Emory. He holds a BIE from Georgia Tech, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and an MTS degree from the Harvard Divinity School.
Bruce funded Harvard University’s Business Across Religious Traditions program (BART), through which he and Ron Thiemann (former Dean of Harvard Divinity School who passed away in November 2013) created educational modules on economic ethics in Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. Programs have been offered in Boston, London, New York City, and San Francisco, often in collaboration with local Harvard Business School Clubs.
The success of BART led Ron and Bruce to form The Religious Literacy Foundation. In Fall 2012, the Foundation convened a first-ever Religious Literacy Roundtable, a means of connecting many practitioners working in otherwise isolated areas of the field of religious literacy, followed by a number of action-directed projects led by participants. Ron and Bruce also developed the highly successful Faith, Ethics, and Leadership (FEL) seminar subscription series, now in its fourth year. Through this executive education series, business leaders with demonstrated interest in continuing opportunities for learning come together under the auspices of TFRL to learn about and discuss ways their professional work can draw on resources from religion across traditions.
Bruce has worked on Religious Literacy initiatives with Harvard Divinity School and between Georgia Tech and Emory University. He has worked with the Smithsonian Institution on an initiative for a Curator of American Religious History.