BIO: Sam Gould, PhD

After completing undergraduate studies at Ohio University, Sam began his career as a computer programmer at the AC Spark Plug, a division of General Motors Corporation in Flint, Michigan. This division no longer exists and the building I worked in and the attached factory has been demolished. During the Viet Nam conflict Sam took a military leave of absence and served as an officer in the United States Air Force. During this time he earned a MBA from the University of Colorado and was awarded the Joint Services Accommodation Medal for meritorious service.  After his active duty commitment  he returned to AC Spark Plug where he served in middle management as director of data processing operations. He left this position in 1973 to pursue further graduate studies.

Sam earned the PhD in organizational behavior from Michigan State University's College of Business in 1975. He then took a position in the College of Business at the University of Texas at San Antonio that same year. He served as a professor of management from 1975 to 1985 and director of the Center for Business, Economics and Human Resources, the college's research center from 1978 to 1985. In 1985 he was appointed dean of the School of Business Administration and professor of management at the University of Dayton, Ohio's largest private university. He served in that position for 18 years. In 2003 he stepped down and became dean emeritus. He retired in 2005 after fulfilling a teaching role for two additional years and subsequently relocated to Divide, Colorado. During his career he has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, published widely and consulted with numerous for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental entities on three continents.

In retirement community, Sam has served as executive director and board president of the Community Partnership Family Resource Center, and as a board member of Habitat for Humanity. For the past twelve years he has served on the board of Park State Bank & Trust in Woodland Park, Colorado, the past seven as its audit chair and chairman of the board. In the fall of 2008 he organized and continues to coordinate the Contemporary Christian Roundtable, an adult study group now in its twelfth year at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Woodland Park, Colorado.


As a young man Sam read works by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and became infatuated with studying theology. Over the next 45 years he acquired a broad knowledge of Christian theology. In 2012 Sam published his first theologically focused book entitled Faith Beyond Mere Belief, which integrates material from the theological, sociological and psychological literature. In 2017 he published his second book, Being Christian in the Twenty-First Century. Both books are available in paperback and kindle versions on Amazon websites in the U.S, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. Currently Sam is working on a book of poetry he has tentatively titled Thought Sketches. This work in process and is available on this website.


Sam and his wife, Elaine, will celebrate 57 years of marriage this year. They have three grown sons and daughter-in-laws who have blessed them with eight grandchildren, four boys and four girls.  They split their time between living in the inspiring mountains of Colorado and the spiritual aura of Santa Fe, New Mexico.