Board of Trustees Elects New Leadership


The Board of Trustees of the National Institute of Social Sciences is pleased to announce that Frederick R. Larsen, a managing director at Oppenheimer & Co., has been elected as its new president.

Richard Dyke Benjamin was elected as treasurer. Kent Barwick, Joan K. Davidson, Thomas F. Pike, Nicholas A. Robinson and William H. Told, Jr. were reelected as vice presidents, and Gracey Stoddard was reelected secretary.

“I am delighted to take the reins of this great organization with such experienced and enthusiastic fellow officers to guide and assist me,” says Mr Larsen. “The energy and promise I have seen among the members of this organization are exciting.”

Mr. Larsen succeeds Chauncey G. Olinger, Jr., who remains one of the organization’s trustees.

Mr. Larsen is managing director at Oppenheimer & Co., where he runs the transportation and logistics investment banking practice. He has over 27 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and capital raising across multiple sectors. He has an A.B. (cum laude) from Princeton University in politics and an M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School with Beta Gamma Sigma honors.

Mr. Benjamin is a managing director at Axiom Capital Management in New York. Previously, he was a director of Lazard Asset Management. Mr. Benjamin is a project consultant for AKA Strategy, a strategic advisor to not-for-profit organizations, and an advisor and board member for several philanthropic and religious organizations. He holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

About the National Institute of Social Sciences
Established in 1912, the National Institute of Social Sciences ( is an honorary society of Americans dedicated by service and philanthropy to the public good and joined together to recognize and celebrate those who have achieved at the highest level. In addition to presenting its Gold Medals each year, the National Institute makes grants to graduate students in the social sciences and has a vibrant chapter in Palm Beach, Florida.