Jorge Gómez Tejada is a faculty member and part of the executive team at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador, serving first as the university’s director of development and later as director for institutional strategy. Since 2016, he has also served as president of CPU, the not-for-profit corporation that created USFQ in 1988.
In April, he was the cover story for the Ecuadorian edition of Forbes magazine as the first openly gay CEO of a major Ecuadorian institution.
For this edition of Getting to Know You, Jorge talks about his time at the Yale University Art Gallery, what he misses most about his time on campus, and how coming to Yale was a dream come true.
It was first a childhood dream. The promise of a life among great people in a great place. It became a reality when I applied to the Divinity School to pursue an MA in religion in the arts within the Institute of Sacred Music and then when I was accepted at the PhD program in art history. Both programs are centered on the academic and personal well-being of the student and offer unique paths for growth through the almost infinite resources of Yale. It really was a dream come true.
If you could relive your time at Yale, what would you do differently?
I don´t think I would change much. Maybe push myself to be more active within the community and be more empathetic with people around me. It is very easy to think only about oneself and one’s work and forget about others.
What would you do exactly the same?
Spending as much time as I did at the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG), both working as a museum guide for kids from the community as well as a research assistant in the Ancient Art Department. It really was a life-changing experience and the place where I acquired so many skills that have proven quite useful in my professional life.