In August of 2016, Presidio Graduate School acquired Pinchot University (previously Bainbridge Graduate Institute/BGI).
With a mission to “Change Business for Good,” Libba Pinchot and Gifford Pinchot III started the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) in 2002 and offered the country’s first MBA in Sustainable Business. This revolutionary approach to business engaged students wishing to integrate social justice and environmental sustainability values into their business education. The early years attracted a diverse range of faculty, students, and followers; people from a wide range of backgrounds, from artists to CEOs, who felt discouraged by traditional models of business and wanted something new and positive.
Together with their friends Sherman Severin and Jill Bamburg, the school’s founding dean, the Pinchots launched an industry movement by offering programs intentionally integrating sustainability – environmentally and socially responsible practices – with traditional business education, empowering students to harness the power of business for good and developing business solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges.
Presidio Graduate School educates and inspires a new generation of skilled, visionary and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world. Through innovative MBA and MPA and research programs, PGS activates students and professionals across a range of disciplines, industries and sectors to bridge the gap between commerce and the common good.