Hobart Alumni Council

We are the Hobart Alumni Council and the governing body of the Hobart Alumni Association, which includes every person who has attended Hobart and whose class has graduated. The Alumni Council conducts the Association's business. The first alumni group, The House of Convocation, was founded at Hobart College in 1848. Today, just as then, the Alumni Council promotes the interests of Hobart College and strengthens the bonds between the College and its alumni.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Jared Weeden '91, Assistant Vice President for Advancement – Alumni Relations and Annual Giving
Office of Advancement
20 Seneca Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-3700
Fax: (315) 781-3767

Executive Committee Members

James (J.B.) Robinson '96, President

Wayne, Pa.

J.B. Robinson graduated from Hobart in 1996 with a B.A. in political science. While at Hobart, J.B. was involved in student government, was a tour guide for the admissions office, was a member of the Hobart crew, and was inducted into the Druid Society. After graduation, J.B. earned a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law and, later, an LL.M. in Taxation from the Boston University School of Law.

J.B. works as a tax attorney, focusing in the areas of executive compensation and benefits. After starting his career with Deloitte & Touche LLP in Boston, Mass., J.B. later transferred to the firm's Philadelphia, Pa., office. In 2007, J.B. joined Tyco Electronics -- a publicly traded, multi-national provider of engineered electronic components -- as a Senior Director of Tax and Legislative Affairs. In this role, J.B. continues to focus on compensation and benefits tax issues.

J.B. lives Wayne, Pa., with his wife Elizabeth and their two children, Lily and Benjamin.

Edward R. Cooper '86, Past President

Potomac, Md.

Edward Cooper received his B.A. in history from Hobart College in 1986. While at Hobart, Ed served as student assistant to the Dean, head resident adviser of Jackson Hall, general manager of WEOS-FM, General Education (Gen Ed) teaching assistant and admissions tour guide. In 1984, Ed was elected to serve a three year term as Student/Graduate Trustee on the Colleges’ Board of Trustees. In 1983-84, Ed co-managed the presidential campaign of Sen. Gary Hart in New York’s Ontario, Seneca and Yates counties. Ed’s baccalaureate essay, combining the disciplines of History and English and entitled A Marxian Interpretation of the Great Depression; or, the World According to Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo, passed on its second try. In June 2012 Ed returned to the Colleges' Board of Trustees for a four year term as an elected Trustee.

Ed serves as the Vice President, Public Affairs and Community Relations for Total Wine & More, the nation's largest independently owned retailer of fine wine, beer and spirits. Before joining Total Wine, Ed founded and directed Highland Stone Associates, LLC, a boutique-sized public affairs, public relations and grassroots advocacy firm located in Bethesda, Maryland. From 1987-1999, he served as a U.S. Senate staffer covering appropriations and communications issues and led the public affairs departments of two major national trade associations. Ed earned a M.A. degree in Social Policy History from Case Western Reserve University in 1987.

Ed lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife, William Smith alumna Robin Savits Cooper ‘87, an elementary school counselor. Ed and Robin have two daughters - one attends William Smith College as a member of the Class of 2016 and the other attends high school. He spends his free time cheering on his kids in sports, volunteering at local non-profits and as lead singer of the rock 'n roll band SevenCarPileUp.

Jeremy T. Cushman '96, Vice President

Honeoye Falls, N.Y.

Jeremy Cushman graduated from Hobart in 1996 with a B.S. in biology and biochemistry. While at Hobart, Jeremy was a resident advisor for Jackson Hall and assistant area coordinator for the Quad, was a student athletic trainer, served as a Student Trustee, and was inducted into the Druid Society. After working in emergency medical services after graduation, Jeremy received his M.D. from the University of Maryland, and then stayed there to complete his residency in emergency medicine. He then went on to receive his M.S. in emergency health services from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and completed a fellowship in emergency medical services at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Jeremy is an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where he practices as a board certified emergency physician. His primary responsibility, however, is as the medical director for Monroe County and the City of Rochester where he oversees the regional emergency medical services system.

Jeremy lives in Honeoye Falls, N.Y. with his wife, William Smith alumna Susan Flanders Cushman, M.S., Ph.D. ’98 who works at the Colleges as the director of introductory biology laboratories and research scientist for the Finger Lakes Institute. They have two young boys, Riley and Thomas.

Rafael Rodriguez '07, Historian

Kingston, N.Y.

Rafael Rodriguez graduated from Hobart in 2007 with a B.A. in an Individually Created major titled The Politics of Race. While at Hobart, Rafael was involved in a number of student organizations and served as the President of the Latin American Organization, and the Caribbean Student Organization. He was the co- chair of the Youth Enrichment House and is a proud member of Chi Phi. After graduation, Rafael earned his Ed.M in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Student Affairs from the University at Buffalo.

After receiving his Masters Rafael worked at the University of Vermont as a Residence Director. He recently started a new position at Bard College as the Assistant Director of Bard Educational Opportunity Programs (BEOP). He works with HEOP, BOP, and Posse Scholars. Is new position brings Rafael full circle as he was a HEOP student during his time at The Colleges.


Other Members

Executive Committee Members at Large

Frank V. Aloise '87
Philadelphia, Pa.

James C. Baker '96
Winter Park, Fla.

Derrick F. Moore '05
New York, N.Y.

Richard S. Solomon ’75
Warwick, R.I.

Alumni Association Trustees

Edward R. Cooper '86
Potomac, Md.

Robert H. Gilman '70
Dedham, Mass.

William A. Margiloff '92
New York, N.Y.

Alumni Association Past Presidents

1922-1925 The Rev. George F. Taylor '04
1926-1930 Howard Van R. Palmer '03
1931-1932 The Rev. Guy E. Shipler '06
1932-1935 D. Max Henry '17
1935-1938 Dr. Robert E. Doran '22
1938-1941 Joseph J. Myler '19
1941-1943 Harold C. Bailey '22
1944-1947 William E. Lytle '26
1947-1949 Thomas Brown IV '29
1949-1950 Dr. Robert E. Doran '22
1950-1951 George E. Wasey '33
1951-1952 Sherman F. Babcock '34
1952-1954 Donald W. Goode '38
1954-1956 Dr. Lynn Rumbold '20
1956-1958 Dr. Augustus H. Hillman '25
1958-1960 Ralph E. Springstead '47
1960-1962 Dr. B. Edmond Thomas '30
1962-1964 Donald R. Harter '39
1964-1966 James W. Bampton '32
1966 Ralph H. Engert '27
1967-1969 Myron V. Jacobs '37
1969-1971 Richard W. Morris Jr. '47
1972-1973 Roy Dexheimer Jr. '55
1973-1975 Walter V. Ferris '52
1975-1977 Thomas K. Hadlock '64
1977-1979 Robert C. Coleman '50
1979-1980 David E. Jeffery '52
1980-1982 William A. Mogel '63
1982-1984 Dr. Kenneth H. Spitzer '55
1984-1986 R. M. Peter Harter '68
1986-1988 Stephen C. Johansen '64
1988-1990 Mitchell N. Schear '80
1990-1991 Robert S. V. Platten '68
1991-1992 Robert E. Kandel '65
1992-1993 Roland J. Misarti '71
1993-1994 Paul F. Colarulli '72
1994-1996 Leslie J. Stark '59
1996-1997 Louis R. Pettinelli III '85
1997-1998 Timothy J. Shea II '84
1998-1999 Michael A. Acquilano '90
1999-2000 Arthur R. Medici '71
2000-2002 Dr. Richard L. Wasserman '70
2002-2004 Stephen L. Cohen '67
2004-2006 Charles A. Ramsay '92
2006-2008 Joseph C. Tully '88
2008-2010 Robert H. Gilman '70
2010-2012 Edward R. Cooper '86 (Immediate Past President)