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Council Structure

Each member of the Alumni Council is a part of at least one of the nine committees detailed below.

Executive Committee

Melissa J. Coley '79

Vice President
Carmine DiSibio '85

Patricia Apelian '76

Legal Counsel 
Copeland G. Bertsche '63

Executive Secretary
Ex Officio
Timothy Mansfield

Committee Details

The Executive Committee consists of fourteen (14) members: the president, vice president, executive secretary (ex officio), treasurer, and legal counsel, and the chair of each of the following committees: Admissions, Advancement, Athletics, Awards, Career Services, Communications, District Clubs, Nominations, and University Relations.

The Executive Committee can exercise the powers and authorities of the council during the intervals between the meetings of the council.

The Executive Committee recommends to the Nominations Committee candidates for president, vice president, and alumni trustee (having first received recommendations from individual Alumni Council members). It also recommends to the Alumni Council candidates for treasurer, legal counsel, and executive secretary.

Advancement Committee

Chad E. Cooley '00, chair
Committee Details

Promotes all of the university’s advancement goals by, among other things, recruiting and organizing alumni to participate as donors and advancement volunteers.

Awards Committee

Gregory Dahlberg '98, chair
Committee Details

In honor of alumni, faculty, and other university employees who have manifested outstanding commitment and service to the university, this committee recommends to the Alumni Council those persons the committee considers eligible for the Wm. Brian Little ’64 Alumni Award for Distinguished Service, Maroon Citations, the Ann Yao ’80 Memorial Young Alumni Award, and the Colgate University Corporation Humanitarian Award. In addition, this committee confers with the Dean of Faculty to select the recipient of the annual Distinguished Teaching Award. The committee also confers with the university’s Dean of Admission to select the recipient of the annual Alumni Admissions Representative of the Year Award

The meetings of this committee are open only to the members of this committee.

Communications Committee

Taylor L. Buonocore-Guthrie '08, chair
Committee Details

Identifies, understands, and actively employs all available resources to develop and improve the ongoing communications among the university’s alumni, students, faculty, and administration. To achieve this, the committee will proactively engage both old and new technologies in a continuing effort to facilitate a positive dialogue among and between alumni and Colgate to help advance the university's interests.

Intellectual Engagement Committee

Elizabeth F. Levine-Brown '01, chair
Committee Details
The Intellectual Engagement Committee shall consist of at least five (5) Alumni Council members, including the Chair. In reinforcing the University’s commitment to academic excellence, the Alumni Council recognizes that lifelong learning may effectively serve as a central aspect of alumni engagement and connection with the University. It shall be the function of this Committee to support the University by researching, identifying and providing recommendations and advice in the development of lectures, courses, programs, special events, and professional development activities, whether on-campus or off-campus or through on-line or other electronic avenues, that would encourage and support alumni engagement through intellectual and scholarly pursuits.

Admissions Committee

Denniston Reid '94, Chair
Committee Details

Assists the university’s admission office by encouraging and supporting alumni participation in the admissions process, including working with the admission staff for purposes of determining how best to recruit, train, and retain alumni admissions volunteers, offering non-evaluative interviews, representing the university at college fairs, hosting events in support of the university’s objectives, and promoting connectivity between the admission staff and the District Clubs Committee to enhance the alumni admissions volunteer network.

Athletics Committee

Andrew S. Roffe '68, chair
Committee Details

Provides advice and support to the Department of Athletics and Physical Education as requested in an effort to, among other things: (i) promote student and alumni interest in and attendance at varsity events; (ii) maintain and enhance close cooperation with alumni athletic team support groups; and (iii) publicly recognize the efforts and achievements of both student athletes and department staff.

Career Initiatives Committee

Susan Becker Gould '03, chair
Committee Details

Assists and supports the Career Services Office in helping today’s students prepare for the successful transition from the university to fulfilling careers. The committee’s efforts in this regard shall include mentoring, fostering internships, networking, participating in mock interviews, and advising on career and graduate school opportunities.

District Clubs Committee

Kaela Mueller '09, chair
Committee Details

Strengthens lifelong connectedness between the university and its alumni by promoting communications and the exchange of ideas among various District Club officers, the Alumni Council’s Regional Vice Presidents, and the University’s Alumni Relations Office. The committee selects, on an annual basis, the recipients of the awards identified as follows: the Carleton O. Miller ’14 Memorial Cup for “Outstanding District Club Achievement” and the Harold S. Miller ’42 Memorial Cup for “Most Improved District Club,” both in each of the following District Club size categories: Gateway Club (1–150 alumni), Small Club (151–300 alumni), Medium Club (301–600 alumni), Large Club (601–1500 alumni), and Metropolitan Club (over 1500 alumni); and The District Clubs Award for Distinguished Individuals.

Nominations Committee

Christian B. Johnson '02, chair
Committee Details

Reviews and recommends to the Alumni Council the following candidates for membership in the Alumni Council: era candidates, at-large candidates, regional vice president candidates, and candidates for president and vice president.

The meetings of this committee are open only to the members of this committee.

University Relations Committee

Debra Duarte '81, chair
Committee Details

The mission of the University Relations Committee is to ensure and facilitate understanding among alumni, administration, faculty, and students through constructive dialogue on matters of student and academic affairs, alumni relations, and all other issues which do not fall within the jurisdiction of another committee on the council.