Joel Seligman

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Joel Seligman
10th President of the University of Rochester
Assumed office
July 1, 2005 (2005-07-01)
Preceded by Thomas H. Jackson
Personal details
Born (1950-01-11) January 11, 1950 (age 64)
New York City, New York, USA
Spouse(s) Dolores Conway
Children Andrea Seligman
Peter Seligman
Residence Rochester, New York, USA
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
Harvard University
Profession Academic
Website Office of the President of the University of Rochester

Joel Seligman (born January 11, 1950) is the current President of the University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York, and is one of the leading authorities on securities law in the U.S.


Seligman was named the tenth president of the University of Rochester on December 1, 2004. He assumed office on July 1, 2005, succeeding Thomas H. Jackson, and was formally inaugurated in a ceremony at the Eastman Theatre on October 23, 2005.

Along with his service at the University of Rochester, as an academic, business, and community leader, Seligman is considered a leading authority on securities law, as well as on the SEC, having authored or coauthored 20 books and over 40 articles, including Securities Regulation and The Transformation of Wall Street: A History of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Modern Corporate Finance. He is currently on the board of NASD. He has also been on the board of directors of Eastman Kodak since 2009.[1]

Before his current service as the University of Rochester's president, Seligman served as the dean and Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor at the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to serving at Washington University School of Law, Seligman was the dean and Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law at the University of Arizona College of Law (1995-1999) and had previously held professorships at the University of Michigan Law School (1987–1995), George Washington University Law School (1983–1986) and Northeastern University School of Law (1977–1983; named full professor in 1983).

Seligman received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1971. He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Harvard Law School in 1974.


  • Securities regulation (Aspen 1961) (with L Loss and T Paredes)
  • Taming the giant corporation (1976) (with R Nader and MJ Green)
  • The transformation of Wall Street: a history of the Securities and Exchange Commission and modern corporate finance (1982)
  • Securities regulation: Cases and materials (2003 Foundation) (with JC Coffee and HA Sale)
  • The High Citadel: The Influence of Harvard Law School (1978)
  • 'Brief History of Delaware's General Corporation Law of 1899' (1976) Delaware Journal of Corporate Law
  • 'The Securities and Exchange Commission and Corporate Democracy (1978) University of Dayton Law Review
  • 'The Historical Need for a Mandatory Corporate Disclosure System' (1983) Journal of Corporation Law
  • 'Equal protection in shareholder voting rights: The one common share, one vote controversy' (1985) George Washington Law Review
  • 'The Case for Federal Minimum Corporate Law Standards' (1989) 89 Columbia Law Review
  • 'The Merits Do Matter: A Comment on Professor Grundfest's" Disimplying Private Rights of Action Under the Federal Securities Laws: The Commission's Authority" (1994) Harvard Law Review
  • 'No One Can Serve Two Masters: Corporate and Securities Law After Enron' (2002) Washington University Law Quarterly
  • 'The SEC at 70: A Modest Revolution in Corporate Governance (2005) Notre Dame Law Review
  • 'Should Investment Companies Be Subject to a New Statutory Self-Regulatory Organization?' (2005) Washington University Law Quarterly



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Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas H. Jackson
President of the University of Rochester
July 1, 2005 – present
Succeeded by
Current holder