John Bates

John Bates is a former professor of finance and investments at Lewis & Clark, a Life Trustee of the College and a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He and his wife Susan and son Christopher have had one role or another at the College for over 40 years. In 1979, while John was a professor, John and Susan, with Christopher in tow, led a group of 24 LC students to Benelux for five months to study the emerging European Union. The group still reunites every five or ten years. In his business life John managed a major municipal bond operation on Wall Street and served as a financial consultant in the Middle East. As entrepreneurs John and Christopher founded Bates Private Capital Inc. in 1988. The financial services company grew into an international forensic accounting and expert witness firm with a professional staff of over 200 accountants, lawyers and Wall Street veterans.

John holds a BS in finance from Oregon State University, an MBA in Finance and Management from the University of Oregon, and an Honorary Doctorate from Lewis & Clark. He is also an Honorary Alum of the LC Law School, where he sits on the Board of Advisors.


The newly renamed Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership is excited for the impact of John and Susan Bates’ recent gift and we are grateful for the Bates’ decades of leadership, service and support of our students. 

Job Title

Lewis & Clark Life Trustee

Type of board member

Advisory Board Member