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President Seligman

Joel Seligman

On July 1, 2005, Joel Seligman became the tenth president of the University of Rochester.

A 1971 magna cum laude graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and a cum laude graduate of Harvard University School of Law in 1974, he served on the law faculty of Northeastern University (1977–1983), George Washington University (1983–1986), and the University of Michigan (1986–1995). He was named dean of the University of Arizona College of Law (and Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law) in 1995, and, in 1999, became dean of the Washington University School of Law (and Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor), where he is credited with masterminding a strategic plan that helped raise the law school's national and international profile.

One of the nation's leading experts on securities law, Seligman is the coauthor, with the late Louis Loss, of the eleven-volume Securities Regulation (supplemented, Aspen Publishers, 2005), the leading treatise in the field, and author of The Transformation of Wall Street: A History of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Modern Corporation Finance (third edition, Aspen Publishers, 2003). He also is the author or coauthor of twenty books and more than forty articles on legal issues related to securities and corporations.

He also has served as reporter for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Revision of Uniform Securities Act; as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Market Information; and as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Professional Ethics Executive Committee. He is currently a member of the board of the National Association of Securities Dealers.

Seligman succeeds Thomas H. Jackson, the University's ninth president who stepped down June 30 after eleven years in office and is now a Distinguished University Professor.


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