Rawlins and Zola Join Board

by Bethany Snyder

The newest members of the Hobart and William Smith Board of Trustees began their four-year terms on July 1. Michael E. Rawlins '80, P'16 and Warren K. Zola '89, P'18 were elected to the board in February.


Rawlins is the principal user experience design architect at The Walt Disney Company's Direct to Consumer and International Division. At Hobart, he double-majored in history and art history, graduating with high honors in history, and was a Druid. As an alumnus, he has participated in the Professionals in Residence series, was a judge for the Pitch competition and was the 2019 keynote speaker for the Multicultural Networking and Career Conference hosted by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. He is among five of six children in his family to attend Hobart and William Smith; his son Dylan Rawlins graduated from Hobart in 2016.

"It's really a compelling thing to be able to be part of a community as long as I have been," he says. "As a Trustee, I'm excited about building new relationships that will span a long period of time and helping to advance the Colleges' mission."


Zola has served as the Executive Director of the Boston College Chief Executives Club, a program of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, since 2014. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Carroll School's departments of Business Law & Society and Operations Management, where he teaches courses in sports law and the business of sports. After graduating with an economics degree with honors at Hobart, Zola earned a J.D. from Tulane University and an M.B.A. from Boston College. He has been an active member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1993.

"The Colleges have had a profound impact on so many people, including myself and my daughter, Gabrielle Aulwes-Zola '18," Zola says. "As an alum, it's an honor to give back and help shape the future of this institution that is preparing students to lead lives of consequence."