New Board Members

Six new members recently were elected to the Board of Trustees. As immediate past presidents of the Hobart Alumni Association and William Smith Alumnae Association, Julie Bazan ’93 and Richard S. Solomon ’75, P’10 will serve four-year terms, working as liaisons between the Board and the bodies representing Hobart and William Smith graduates. Margueritte Murphy was also elected to a four-year term starting in July. The Board’s other newest members, Eric J. Stein ’89, Joseph Stein III ’86 and Sam Stern ’03, were all elected to four-year terms in October 2019.

Julie Bazan ’93 joined Simon Business School at the University of Rochester as the Executive Director of Career Education and Professional Development in April; she is an adjunct professor at Nazareth College and co-owner of MJDB Ventures LLC that operates B & D Market in Geneva. Formerly the COO of Cobblestone Capital Advisors and Mann’s Jewelers, she holds master’s degrees in liberal arts and educational leadership and earned a certificate of Executive Leadership from Cornell University. A committed member of the Emerson, Wheeler and Heron Societies, Bazan majored in philosophy and rhetoric, minored in education and played field hockey.

Margueritte Murphy has served as Associate Provost at HWS, as well as Chair of the Colleges’ Writing & Rhetoric Program and an adviser and faculty liaison to the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. A faculty member of Bates College for two years and Bentley University for 20 years, Murphy is the author of two books: A Tradition of Subversion: The Prose Poem in English from Wilde to Ashbery and Material Figures: Political Economy, Commercial Culture, and the Aesthetic Sensibility of Charles Baudelaire. Murphy holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Richard S. Solomon ’75, P’10 is the Clinical Director, President and Cofounder of Delta Consultants, a clinical practice working with children, adolescents and families. He also consults with schools and leads trainings across the country and serves as an adjunct professor of psychology and clinical supervisor in the psychology doctoral program at the University of Rhode Island. At HWS, Solomon majored in psychology, played hockey, was sports editor of The Herald and news director of WEOS-FM. He earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island. His daughter, Victoria, graduated from William Smith in 2010.

Eric Stein ’89 is Global Chairman of Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan, where he has worked in various positions since his graduation from Hobart. As a student, he played on the Statesmen lacrosse and football teams, earning multiple awards and honors. He was the recipient of the 1989 USILA National Player of the Year Award and was a first team All-American. In 2014, he was inducted into the Hobart Athletics Hall of Fame. An economics major at Hobart, Stein earned a master’s in business administration from New York University.

Joseph Stein III ’86 is Managing Director leading Financing Advisory efforts for PJ Solomon, L.P., a New York-based investment banking firm. Formerly executive director and head of the Private Placement Group at UBS Warburg LLC, Stein also held corporate finance positions at Citicorp. At Hobart, he played lacrosse and football, earning All- America honors in both sports. From 1990 to 1992, he served as director of the Statesmen Athletic Association and in 1997 was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He majored in political science at Hobart and received his MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.

Sam Stern ’03 founded Stern LLC in 2019, a boutique law firm specializing in criminal and civil litigation. He began his career in public service with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office. After serving as a prosecutor, he joined Kobre & Kim LLP before starting his own firm. Stern earned a B.A. in history, a law degree from Fordham University School of Law and is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law.