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Alumni Council members meet in Golden Auditorium.
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 
Read the most recent council minutes and meeting summaries

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.

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 2012/2013 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 candidates exhibit several of the following 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.