Stuart Robbins | Amherst Partners
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Stuart Robbins

Non-executive Chairman

About Stu

Stu Robbins is the former Managing Director, Global Equities for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, one of Wall Street’s leading investment banks. At DLJ, he managed one of the investment industry’s most successful equities businesses. During his tenure, DLJ Equities grew to more than 1500 employees in 24 offices doing business in all major money markets worldwide and became one of Wall Street’s most highly ranked organizations. He was a member of DLJ’s Board of Directors, a member of the Board of DLJ International (Equities) and Chair of Autranet. Prior to managing the company’s equities business, he was Director of Research. He was, also, a top ranked research analyst, ranking in the top three of the Institutional Investor All Star rankings for eleven consecutive years.


Following DLJ’s sale to Credit Suisse First Boston in 2000, Stu was Chair of the Board of Directors of SoundView Technology Group, one of Wall Street’s leading independent research providers. He chaired the firm’s Board during a substantial industry restructuring and through its sale to Charles Schwab. Stu also served on the Board of Directors of Archipelago, the nation’s leading electronic securities exchange, where he participated from its initial public offering through its acquisition of the Pacific Stock Exchange and through its merger with the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). He, also, served on the Board of Directors of First Call, the country’s leading electronic provider of Wall Street research and LaBranche, the leading specialist firm with the NYSE. In addition, Stu also has been or is active with several early stage companies either advising or as a board member and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of OpenExchange, a leading firm providing qualified controlled compliant solutions for business desktop video.


Stu has been active with a number of charitable organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Detroit Zoological Society and the Detroit Metro and Northeast Michigan Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He also serves on the Investment Committee of the United Jewish Federation.


A 1965 graduate of West Virginia University with a B.A. in History, Stu was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by WVU’s Puskar College of Business & Economics in 2012. Stu is a past Chair of the West Virginia University Foundation and the Vice Chair of the Foundation’s successful last Campaign for WVU. He is a member of the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and a member of the Vandalia Society, WVU’s highest honor for service. He serves as Chair of the College of Business & Economics Committee of Advisors, is a member of the WVU Health Sciences School of Public Health Advisory Board and a former member of the Eberly College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board. Stu and his wife have been very active with student development and recruitment and created several lasting endowments for WVU students. Among these, they endowed the Robbins Center for Global Business & Strategy at the College of Business & Economics and the first-ever Chair in the Department of History in the College of Arts & Sciences.