Dr. Julian Pleasants



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Western Connecticut State University, Nova board, Horvitz administration building, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Frank DePiano, Oceanography, law, business, Abe Fischler, psychology, Ray Ferrero, David Rush, dental school, university school, Southeastern merger, Arvida, Roy Rogers, campus beautification, Bill Horvitz, John Santulli, Hurricane Andrew, Leslie Brown, Bob Steele, John Scigliano, Vice President of Technology, Gold Key Society, Steve Goldstein, Jack LaBonte, Dan Marino, oral school, Miami Dolphins, Morton Terry, Ovid Lewis, Abe Fischler Center for Education, Arnold Melnick, pharmacist, optometrist, a physician, Ray Ferrero, Space Center, Huizenga School of Business,

Interviewee(s) Bio

Stephen Feldman was born on September 11, 1944 in New York. He graduated from City University of New York in 1966 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Feldman continued his education at CUNY, obtaining a master’s in business administration (1968) and a PhD in Business (1971). He co-authored two books and published articles in the area of finance and investing.

Feldman began his career in academia in 1969 as an associate professor in the Department of Banking, Finance, and Investments at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. He left Hofstra University in 1977 to become the Dean for the Ancell School of Business at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. In 1981, Feldman became the President of Western Connecticut State University and remained in the post for eleven years. In February 1992, Stephen Feldman was appointed President of Nova University, effective July 1992.

His resignation took effect on June 30, 1994, two years before his contract was set to expire. After leaving Nova, he became the Vice President at Ethan Allen, Inc. He married Constance, a fellow student from CUNY, in 1969. They have two children, Jennifer and Timothy.


This series of interviews was conducted by Dr. Julian Pleasants during the period of 2009-2012 for research in compiling the 50th Anniversary book, The Making of Nova Southeastern University: A Tradition of Innovation, 1964-2014. To read more about the completed book, click here.

Host Institution

Nova Southeastern University - NSU Archives

Archives Location

NSU Archives, Row B, 5, 6.

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Length of Audio/Video

MP4 file: 2:17:44 minutes.

File Size

MP4 file: 1.93 GB.

Number of Copies

8 DVD copies, .WAV file version broken into three parts, and 1 DVD copy that is Time Coded.

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Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Leadership | Higher Education | Higher Education Administration | History | Public History


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Interview with President Stephen Feldman - President