Palm Beach Family helps fund transformation of Ivy League football stadium

Richard Gouse at Brown University Football and Track Field

Cheryl and Richard Gouse with their daughter Carolyn and their dog Rocky

Richard Gouse Field at Brown Stadium becomes home of Brown University football and athletics

“Richard Gouse Field at Brown Stadium” Becomes Home of Brown University Football and Track and Field

Brown University Class of ’68, Richard I. Gouse, and his wife, Cheryl, announced a donation of $ 1.4 million to Ivy League University to transform the historic stadium turf field into modern synthetic turf. The new field, Richard Gouse Field at Brown Stadium, was unveiled this fall.

Gouse, a Palm Beach resident since 1984, is president of the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) and is the oldest university president in the United States. Additionally, the Gouse family owns Bayberry Horse Farm in Wellington, Florida, and is the largest investor in commercial real estate projects in Florida, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Texas. Gouse has also developed and launched several vocational schools, including two in West Palm Beach.

“As a big supporter of Bears sports programming for many years, we thought it was time to give the pitch a facelift,” said Gouse. “The field was the last Ivy League school to convert to artificial turf, and Cheryl and I were absolutely thrilled to make this transformation a reality.”

Richard and Cheryl have long been supporters of Ivy League athletics: the Gouse Trophy is presented annually to the women’s Ivy League tennis champion, and Richard is a special member of the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame. He has served on the boards of the Brown Football Association and the Brown Sports Foundation.

Richard Gouse Field at Brown Stadium was officially unveiled during the Bears’ 2021 Governor’s Cup football season opener against the Rhode Island Rams on September 18, also the team’s first game after a hiatus. ‘one year due to the pandemic. Brown University President Christina Paxson paid tribute to Gouse in a pre-kickoff presentation and on the pitch during the game.

“What an incredible experience this has been,” said Gouse. “Seeing this historic field – built in 1925 – completely renovated with faster, safer artificial turf and a stadium with students and alumni cheering on their bears in this dynamic new environment, was really special. We are so grateful to have had the chance to share this gift with this university that our family loves so much.

Richard and Cheryl met at Brown University – Cheryl is in class ’70, MA ’71, and their daughter Carolyn Ross, a Wellington resident, is in class ’02. The Gouses were one of the first families to buy property at 2 North Breakers Row in the 1980s, and their family has owned property along Sloane’s Curve for over 40 years.

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