The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that Mr. James Schoff will join the AHI’s Board of Directors. “The AHI is delighted that Jim has joined the Board of Directors,” said AHI President Richard Erlanger. His expertise will further allow us to ensure transparency, accountability, and loyalty to the AHI charter.”

Mr. Schoff graduated from Hamilton College (1968) and Cornell University Law School (1972).  He subsequently spent nine years with the highly-respected law firm of Thompson, Hine & Flory (TH&F), specializing in partnership, tax, corporate and business law.

In 1981, Mr. Schoff became a general partner of Diversified Equities, a move which enabled him to devote his full efforts to the business of equity capital formation and the structuring and syndication of tax advantaged investments.  In February 1993, Mr. Schoff was a Founder and served as a Director of the newly formed Developers Diversified Realty Corporation (DDR).  Mr. Schoff was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of DDR until 1998, when he became Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of DDR, and continued to serve on its board until 2002.  In 2002, he assumed the role of Special Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of DDR and served in that capacity until his retirement in December, 2010.

Mr. Schoff also serves as a Director of Associated Estates Corporation and as a Director of Quasar Energy Group.  Mr. Schoff is past president of the Western Reserve Historical Society and the Near West Theater.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and of several advisory boards for University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.  He has three children (Megan, Hamilton College ’94), and eight grandchildren, and currently lives in Cleveland with his wife, Anne.

“Jim is a wonderful addition to the board, and we’re delighted to welcome him,” commented AHI Director J. Hunter Brown. “He is an accomplished executive who will help the AHI continue to grow in its mission to promote student engagement and excellence in scholarship through the study of freedom, democracy, and capitalism. We’re lucky to have him!”

“Jim Schoff has had a remarkable career as a lawyer and businessman.  He brings to the AHI family not only entrepreneurial and legal acumen, but boundless energy and a vibrant personality as well,” said Charter Fellow Robert Paquette.  “He identifies with our mission and understands full well the pressing need for educational reform in higher education.  He will prove to be a remarkable asset to our organization.”