Board of Trustees

Mr. Gary Jobson

Photo of Mr. Gary Jobson

Why I am a trustee: 
I wanted an opportunity to help college students with their future careers. I think working with young people is inspiring.

Graduated from (and year):   
State University of New York Maritime College (1973)
State University of New York, Doctor of Letters (2005)

Author, television producer, lecturer

When I was in college I studied: 
maritime transportation (undergrad)
political science (graduate school)

Today I wish I had studied:
journalism, communications

Favorite book:
Barbarians at the Gate by Bryan Burrough

Favorite film: 

Favorite cuisine: 

Role model: 
Warren Buffett

Education/Career Advice for Students: 
Your network of friends will be one of your most important assets.  Learn to say nice things about other people.


A champion sailor and America's Cup-winning tactician, Jobson is known world-wide as the warmly admired television commentator for six America Cup matches carried by ESPN, beginning in 1987 at Perth. In his commentaries, he meets the demands of racing sailors and of landlubbers alike, giving sailors an insightful (and often controversial) view of what is happening on the race course while conveying the excitement and romance of the sport.

Jobson caught the America’s Cup bug as a boy when he was mesmerized by two photographs of J Class boats that were on display at his yacht club in Beachwood, New Jersey. After college (where he was twice named College Sailor of the Year), he coached sailing at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy. He was tactician for Ted Turner on Courageous during the team's successful defense of the Cup in 1977.

Gary became ESPN's sailing commentator in 1985. While covering the Cup and producing, he also covered Olympic sailing for NBC, winning an Emmy Award for his work in Korea in 1988. He has also covered Olympic sailing in Athens, Greece, and Beijing, China.  Author of 16 books on sailing, Gary is editor-at-large of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines. In 1999 the United States Sailing Association awarded Gary its most prestigious award, the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, for his contributions to the sport of sailing.  He was inducted into America’s Cup Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2005 he received a Doctor of Letters Honorary Degree from State University of New York (SUNY).  Since 1993 he has been chair of the Leukemia Cup, raising $28 million for research in the battle against blood cancer.