Celeste - Gates Family Foundation

Richard F. Celeste


Dick Celeste has had a diverse and distinguished career in public service. In 1970, he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives from Cuyahoga County. He was subsequently elected the 55th Lieutenant Governor in 1974. President Carter appointed Celeste Director of the Peace Corps from 1979 to 1981, where he was responsible for programs in 53 countries. In 1982 Celeste was elected governor of Ohio and served as governor from 1983 to 1991. As governor, Celeste increased support for human services, mental health and addiction recovery services, funding for education, and children services including providing onsite daycare for state employees. Before the Celeste era, Ohio ranked near the bottom among states in funding for these programs. Later in his career, Celeste established the consulting firm Celeste & Sabety Ltd. in Columbus. After he served as the Director of the Democratic National Committee’s healthcare campaign in 1993, President Clinton appointed him as US Ambassador to India, a position he served in from 1997 to 2001. Celeste was inaugurated as the 12th President of Colorado College in 2002. He retired in 2011.

Celeste graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, and received a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University

Celeste is married to Jacqueline Lundquist. He has six children from a previous marriage and one child, Samuel, with Lundquist.