Medal for Eminent Service
Alan S. Bernstein is co-founder and president of Stratigraphic Asset Management, Inc., a family-owned investment advisory firm launched in 1993. From 1977 to 1993, he was president of Stratigraphic Petroleum, a privately held petroleum exploration and production company that Bernstein co- founded with his wife, Jayusia. He is a trustee and treasurer of The Musical Arts Association of Miami and a director of the Miami Music Project. He received Amherst College’s Distinguished Service Award in 2002.
Bernstein has been a devoted supporter of Amherst since graduating cum laude with a degree in economics in 1963. Over five decades, he has held numerous volunteer roles, including president of the Amherst Association of Dallas, class president, alumni trustee, Southeast Region volunteer for the Lives of Consequence Campaign, associate agent for the Alumni Fund and co-chair of the 50th Reunion Gift Committee. He has established or been the primary supporter of several key funds that benefit Amherst’s students, including the Bernstein Family Scholarship Fund, Hugh B. Price 1963 Internship Fund and William Montague Cobb ’25 Scholarship Fund. Additionally, since 1982, the Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust, for which Bernstein is a trustee, has funded the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series at Amherst, which brings distinguished speakers to campus to discuss topics relating to countries other than the U.S.
As an undergraduate, Bernstein played football and belonged to the Phi Delta Sigma fraternity. After earning his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1966, he began his career with ADELA Investment Company in Lima, Peru. Before co-founding Stratigraphic Petroleum, Bernstein was a senior petroleum analyst at Loeb, Rhoades & Co. and a vice president of Hanover Petroleum.
A passionate ambassador for Amherst, Bernstein has conducted important outreach efforts in Miami’s secondary schools. In addition to advocating for improved technology at Amherst, he has successfully encouraged his alma mater to re-envision and redefine alumni engagement. In honor of his upcoming 50th Reunion, Bernstein has produced a study titled “How Amherst Has Changed Over the Last 50 Years.” He is the proud father of two sons, Leo ’94 and Marc.