Robert Marchman

Robert Marchman is a success. As an executive vice president of the New York Stock Exchange, and the department head in the Exchange’s Division of Market Surveillance, he has one of the top financial jobs in the country. “We’re responsible for regulating the individuals who trade securities, making sure they act appropriately on behalf of customers—it’s vital to the integrity of the marketplace.” Or to put it another way, it’s vital to America’s economic way of life.

Robert’s quick to credit Allegheny, where he majored in political science and minored in philosophy: “As a thinker, as a writer, as a manager, as a person, so many of the seeds of my success were planted at Allegheny. I’ve remained involved with the College to this day out of a sense of indebtedness, because of the role Allegheny played in my life.” While in college, the Phi Beta Kappa graduate was a class officer, competed in intramural sports and was a DJ at WARC, the campus radio station.

Indeed, if you ask Robert, who earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is now a member of Allegheny’s Board of Trustees, about success, professional accomplishment is only one of several things he’s quick to mention. Chairman of Pop Warner, a nationwide youth football and cheerleading organization, and founder of a mentoring group for African-American students, he has received numerous awards for his community and civic service. “What’s important is that Allegheny presents students with the opportunity to be successful professionally and, just as importantly, in life.”