Brandeis Alumni, Family and Friends

Two Alumni Join the Brandeis Board of Trustees

May 30, 2014

Curtis Tearte ’73 and Steven Bunson ’82 were elected to the Brandeis Board of Trustees, continuing a trend of increased alumni involvement on the University’s governing board.

Twenty-six of the 41 trustees are alumni, including Perry Traquina ’78, chair; Jonathan Davis ’75, vice chair; and Stephen Reiner ’61, secretary. Five of the alumni are also parents of Brandeis graduates. Five additional trustees who are not alumni have children who graduated from Brandeis.

Tearte recently retired from IBM, where he served as managing director for the state of Georgia and was a member of the company’s worldwide management committee. He is founder and CEO of Tearte Associates, which specializes in investment management and business consulting.

An African and Afro-American Studies major at Brandeis, he joined the Alumni Association Board of Directors last year and helped organize his 40th Reunion in 2013. Tearte also hosted a send-off event for Posse Scholars at his home in Atlanta last year. He made a lead gift to help establish the Joseph D. Warren Endowed Scholarship to honor the longtime director of Brandeis’ Upward Bound program.

Tearte also chairs the Tearte Family Foundation, which provides professional development and financial support for high-potential students, and the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s Southeast Scholar Advisory Committee. He is a board member of the Atlanta Tipoff Club and the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, his law school alma mater. He and his wife, Jylla, have two daughters, Cherice and Anjylla.

Bunson is a participating managing director in the Finance Division at Goldman Sachs, where he has worked since 1986. He became managing director in 1997 and was named participating managing director nine years later.

At Brandeis, the economics major has served as a member of the Board of Overseers at the International Business School (IBS) since 2003. He also co-chaired his 30th Reunion Committee, organized a Goldman Sachs career day for Brandeis students last year and hosted a reception at his home for President Frederick M. Lawrence in 2012. At IBS, he established the Bunson Finance and Society Initiative and supports student scholarships and fellowships.

He is a trustee of the Bunson Family Foundation, serves as a vice president of the National Corporate Theatre Fund and is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Committee at his business school alma mater, the Johnson School of Management at Cornell. He and his wife, Joy, have a son, Daniel.