St. Lawrence Names Two New Trustees to Its Board

St. Lawrence University has elected two new members to its Board of Trustees. Their terms begin June 1 and will be for a period of six years.

Michael W. Arpey ’85, P’17

Michael Arpey is a managing director responsible for fund formation strategy, new investor products and coordination of investor relations at The Carlyle Group, based in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the firm’s management and operating committees.

As a managing director of Credit Suisse in the asset management division, he was co-head of the customized fund investment group within private equity in alternative investments.

Arpey joined CSFB in November 2000 through the merger with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he was a managing director and head of DLJ Merchant Banking’s customized fund investment group. Prior to DLJ, he worked at Prudential Global Asset Management as the global head of private equity and the New York State Common Retirement Fund as director of alternative investments. He has also served as General Counsel to the state treasurer of Pennsylvania, where he was appointed as designee to both the Pennsylvania Public School Employee Retirement System and the State Employee Retirement System.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in psychology from St. Lawrence University and his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law. He is a registered lobbyist in New York State and formerly a registered lobbyist in California.

As a student at St. Lawrence, Arpey was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma and a delegate to the Board of Trustees. He was a member of the honorary society Omicron Delta Kappa and graduated with honors. As an alumnus, he has volunteered as a Laurentian Admissions Associate and served as a Laurentian-in-Residence panelist. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the Laurentians Investing in Networking & Careers (LINC) mentoring program through the office of Career Services.

He and his wife, Stacie, are also members of the Laurentian Leadership Society. They have two sons, Dylan, a member of the St. Lawrence Class of 2017, and Conor, who attends Oberlin Collge. They are members of the parents committee at both Oberlin and St. Lawrence.

Earl A. “Trip” Samson III ’80, P’16

Trip Samson is the founder and president of Landmark Management Inc., an SEC-registered investment advisor and a multi-family office. He serves as a trustee for a U.S.-based family group as well as working as a financial advisor to six other family groups. As the chief investment officer, he leads an investment team that is focused on strategic asset allocation as well as hiring and managing a broad cross section of managers across all of the major asset classes.

Prior to 1987, Samson worked in the banking industry, first in the corporate and international divisions of Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A., and later as a vice president in the private banking and investment division of Citibank, N.A.

Samson is no stranger to community involvement and volunteerism. He is former chairman of the board of trustees of the Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y., and chaired the first capital campaign for the school, which exceeded its goals and provided funds for a new environmental center and arts center. Samson remains active on the board as treasurer and chair of the finance and the investment committees.

He is also the founding president of the Sakonnet Point Club, a non-profit community organization in Little Compton, R.I., that was formed to revitalize a moribund part of town and make it an important part of the community. He has recently joined the board of trustees of the John A. Harford Foundation as a member of the finance committee. 

A member of the St. Lawrence University Class of 1980, Samson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Thelomathesian Society and participated in cross-country, track, skiing, marathon running and kayaking. As an alumnus, he has been a Laurentian-in-Residence panelist and volunteered in a number of other capacities, including career advisor and being a member of the 15th, 20th, 25th, and 30th Reunion Development Committees (co-chairing the 20th and 30th), Leadership Gifts Committee, President’s Associates Membership Committee, and President’s Circle Membership Committee. He and his wife, Allyson, are currently co-chairs of the Parents Committee and charter members of the Laurentian Leadership Society.

The Samsons have twin sons, Peter, who attends Hamilton College, and Henry, who is a member of the St. Lawrence Class of 2016.