Albany Law School announced today that Debra Treyz '77—longtime executive at J.P. Morgan Private Bank—has been named the new Chair of its Board of Trustees.
Her three-year term began July 1.
"It is a great honor to be asked to chair Albany Law School's Board of Trustees. Though I pursued a non-traditional career path for a law school graduate, I credit the content and discipline of my Albany Law education for the opportunities that led to my professional success," Treyz said. "Albany Law has a terrific board of dedicated trustees with a diverse array of talents and skills—we all share a love of our school and an excitement about its future."
As Chair of the Board, Treyz plans to invest in and extend the initiatives—such as the rapid expansion of online graduate programs—that allow the law school to offer a broader, career-focused curriculum to legal and professional audiences around the globe.
Albany Law School's status as a private, independent institution gives it the ability to react quickly to new challenges and opportunities, she noted.
"We are going to build on Albany Law's unique ability to anticipate, adapt, and innovate," Treyz said. "I look forward to working with President and Dean Alicia Ouellette and the entire community—the Board, students, faculty, staff, and alumni—as we imagine new ways to educate extraordinary lawyers and leaders, empowering them to make a bigger impact in the workforce."
Treyz succeeds James Hacker '84, who was appointed Chair in 2017 and presided during a time of significant growth for Albany Law School. During Hacker's chairship, the law school launched an historic fundraising campaign, expanded its online graduate programs, grew its enrollment, and earned regional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
"Strengthened by our We Rise Together campaign and guided by a comprehensive and innovative strategic plan, Albany Law School continues to enhance and deliver on our historic mission of providing a high-quality legal education," Treyz said. "On behalf of the board and myself, I extend heartfelt thanks to my predecessor, Jim Hacker, for his outstanding leadership, mentorship, and the significant accomplishments achieved during his tenure. He is a great act to follow."
Treyz retired in 2013 as vice-chair of J.P. Morgan Private Bank. During her 37-year career, she was CEO of the firm's European, Mid-East and Africa business; global head of the trust and estate division; and a long-serving member of the Private Bank executive committee. She was also head and co-founder of the firm's global wealth advisory practice which coordinates tax, legal, investment, and financial and estate planning advice. She is a graduate of Vassar College and Albany Law School.
She joined the Albany Law School Board of Trustees in 2013 and served as Vice Chair from 2017 to 2020.
Joining her as officers of the Board are:
- Dan S. Grossman '78, Vice Chair. Previously the Secretary of the Board, Grossman is assistant chief legal and compliance officer at Bloomberg L.P. in New York City.
- Timothy D. O'Hara '96, Treasurer. O'Hara is president of the Global Family Office at Rockefeller Capital Management and a member of the firm's executive committee.
- Andrea L. Colby '80, Secretary. Colby retired in 2016 as associate patent counsel at Johnson & Johnson. She is the founding donor of the law school's Wellness Initiative.