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Mendelson and Menin Elected to University Board of Trustees

Victor H. Mendelson ’89 and Julie Jacobs Menin ’89 have been elected to the University Board of Trustees. Their term began on September 4, and brings the total number of College alumni on the 24-member board to 13.

University President Lee C. Bollinger congratulated and welcomed the new additions, who also included David Greenwald LAW’83, Julissa Reynoso LAW’01 and Kathy Surace-Smith LAW’84. “They have already established themselves as enthusiastic and engaged alumni of the University,” Bollinger said, “and we know they will bring to the board invaluable expertise and experience in civic and professional leadership.”

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Victor H. Mendelson '89

Victor H. Mendelson '89

Mendelson is co-president of HEICO Corp., an aerospace, defense and electronics design and manufacturing company in Miami, Fla. He has worked for the organization for more than 25 years and in numerous roles including general counsel, executive VP and subsidiary CEO. Mendelson earned a J.D. from the University of Miami. He most recently was chair of the College’s Board of Visitors and is a member of the Core to Commencement Campaign Steering Committee. The Mendelson family’s connection to the College spans more than 100 years and four generations, starting with Mendelson’s grandfather Samuel (Class of 1906), followed by his father, Laurans ’60, BUS’61, Mendelson and his children Lindsey ’18 and Nicole ’20 and his brother Eric ’87, BUS’89 and his children Hayley ’17 and David ’18. In 2016, the family established the Mendelson Center for Undergraduate Business Initiatives, a joint program between the College and the Business School.

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Julie Jacobs Menin '89

Julie Jacobs Menin '89

Menin is the commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, an agency that encompasses film, television, theater, music, advertising, publishing, nightlife and digital content. She previously was the city’s commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs and chair of Manhattan Community Board 1. She also was an attorney at Wiley Rein, senior regulatory counsel at Colgate Palmolive, and founded and ran Wall Street Rising, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting business in lower Manhattan following 9-11. Menin earned a J.D. from Northwestern. She is a member of the College’s Board of Visitors and the Columbia College Alumni Association Board of Directors, and has been an adjunct professor of public policy and law at SIPA.