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Dear Colgate Alumni,

This site was designed with you in mind. Use it to talk with Alumni Council members about what's going on at the university. The council will use it to let you know what we’re doing for Colgate and the alumni community, as well as to host discussions about Colgate issues.  Council members will also be using the site to review meeting agendas, minutes, and voting materials — our newest way to “go green” and save on printing and mailing costs.

It is our pleasure to serve Colgate and its alumni community through our work on the Alumni Council, to represent the alumni voice to Colgate, and to encourage the ongoing excellence of the institution that we all love.

Interested in learning how you can get involved at Colgate? Check out the 13 Ways to Get Involved page. Know someone you think would be a great addition to the council? Check out the Call for Nominations below. Questions or ideas for the Alumni Council web page can be directed to Tim Mansfield, associate vice president and director of alumni relations.

Terry Egler '77
Alumni Council President

The Alumni Council

  • A group of 56 alumni leaders who reflect the diversity of the alumni body and its opinions, spanning graduate eras and geographic regions. Read more about the council structure
  • Elected in recognition of exemplary volunteerism, devotion, and consistent financial support to Colgate. Find out more about the nominations and elections process
  • Charged with leading the university’s alumni association, formerly known as the Alumni Corporation.
  • This council is separate from the Board of Trustees, which is entrusted with overseeing the governance of the university. 
  • Six members of the Alumni Council also serve as alumni trustees on the Board of Trustees to provide council perspective and facilitate communication between the two groups.
Click here for council meeting materials
Building on a recently completed strategic planning process, the Alumni Council will focus this year on:
  • Expanding communications with alumni 
  • Connecting more effectively with volunteers 
  • Implementing strategic initiatives in collaboration with University programs 
  • Developing an assessment tool to evaluate the Council’s impact
Learn how you can get involved at Colgate!
The mission of the Alumni Council is to: 
  • Support the university and its strategic plan, helping to advance and secure Colgate’s position as a leading liberal arts university, while preserving Colgate’s core values and traditions.
  • Promote dialogue among alumni, students, faculty, administration, and the Board of Trustees on issues of importance to the welfare of the university.
  • Actively support programs, on and off campus, to increase alumni engagement in the life of the university.

Meeting Calendar

Below you will find the Alumni Corporation Board of Directors meeting schedule through 2016.
October 10 - 11 Hamilton, New York
Colgate vs. Princeton
January 16 – 17 Hamilton, New York
April 10 – 11 Hamilton, New York
*May 30 - annual meeting Hamilton, New York
September 18 – 19 Hamilton, New York
Colgate vs. Yale (Homecoming)
January 15 - 16 Hamilton, New York
April 9 - 10 Hamilton, New York
*May 28 - annual meeting Hamilton, New York
September 23 - 24 Hamilton, New York
(no home football game)
January 20 - 21
Hamilton, New York
April 8 - 9
Hamilton, New York
*June 3 - annual meeting Hamilton, New York
September 22 - 23 Hamilton, New York
(Colgate vs. TBD - Homecoming)
*Council members are not required to attend the Annual Meeting. Those on campus for Reunion are encouraged to attend.

Online Archives

Meeting minutes and other information about the proceedings of the Alumni Corporation and the Alumni Council.
Meetings and Summaries

Spring Meeting of the Alumni Council, April 11 - 13, 2014
April 2014 Meeting Summary

Winter Meeting of the Alumni Council, January 17 - 18, 2014

January 2014 Meeting Summary
January 2014 Meeting Minutes

Fall Meeting of the Alumni Council, September 6 - 8, 2013
September 2013 Meeting Summary
September 2013 Meeting Minutes

Annual Meeting of the Alumni Council - At Reunion 2013

2013 Annual Meeting Minutes

Spring Meeting of the Alumni Council, April 13 - 14, 2013

April 2013 Meeting Summary
April 2013 Meeting Minutes

Winter Meeting of the Alumni Council, January 18 - 19, 2013
January 2013 Meeting Summary
January 2013 Meeting Minutes

Fall Meeting of the Alumni Council, September 14 - 15, 2012

September 2012 Meeting Summary
September 2012 Meeting Minutes

Annual Meeting of the Alumni Council 2012 - At Reunion 2012

2012 Annual Meeting Minutes

Spring Meeting of the Alumni Council, April 14-15, 2012

April 2012 Meeting Summary
April 2012 Meeting Minutes

Winter Meeting of the Alumni Council, January 20-21, 2012
January 2012 Meeting Summary
January 2012 Meeting Minutes

Minutes for meetings held prior to January, 2012 may be obtained by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 315-228-7433

Call for Nominations

The nominations committee of the Alumni Council seeks recommendations for additional candidates to be considered this fall, and to start with the 2014/2015 school year. Each year, 11 to 13 new members are selected to represent specific eras and geographic areas as well as at-large positions.
Ideal Qualities
  • Varied Colgate volunteer service, especially in leadership roles
  • A demonstrated commitment to Colgate over time
  • Meaningful personal or professional accomplishments or contributions to the greater community
  • Readiness and willingness to become more involved on behalf of the university
  • A consistent history of giving financial support to Colgate
If you know someone who demonstrates these qualities, or if you would like to self-nominate, please mail or e-mail your nominations by Sept. 1, 2014, to:

Tim Mansfield, executive secretary
Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346

Please include a supporting statement for each person you nominate.