Tulane Alumni Association




Dermot McGlinchey Lifetime Achievement Award 2009

R. Hunter Pierson

R. Hunter Pierson

Hunter Pierson heads Pierson Investments, a private investment firm that owns and manages timberland, commercial real estate, and securities. He is a director of Deltic Timber Corporation. 

A resident of New Orleans, Hunter graduated from Louisiana State University in 1973. He is a member of the Advisory Board at the Tulane University Medical Center, a member of the Business School Council, a former member of the Tulane University Medical Center Board of Governors and a past chairman of the board of directors of the Tulane University Hospital and Clinic. He is co-chair of Promise and Distinction: The Campaign for Tulane, the largest university fundraising effort in Louisiana’s history. 

In 1999, Hunter and his wife established the Catherine and Hunter Pierson Chair in Neuroscience at Tulane. His wife, Cathy, is a former chair of the Board of Tulane. He serves on the board of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Louisiana State Museum Foundation, Teach for America and the Committee of 100 for Economic Development in Louisiana. He formerly served on the boards of the Bureau of Government Research, Isidore Newman School, WYES-TV and the Arts Council of New Orleans. 

Hunter is the chair of the President’s Council of Tulane University which serves as an advisory body for the Tulane administration. He and Cathy are the parents of Robert Hunter Pierson III. Hunter’s grandfather, Dr. Clarence Pierson, was a Tulane School of Medicine graduate.

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