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Council Structure

The Alumni Council is made up of five executive officers, 28 era representatives, eight at-large representatives, nine regional vice presidents, and six alumni trustees. Each member is a part of at least one of the nine committees detailed below.
Click here for a complete list of Alumni Council members and their roles. For information about current committee goals and activities, see the meeting summaries or contact the committee chairperson listed below.

Executive Committee

Theresa Donahue Egler '77, President

Joseph P. McGrath, Jr. '85, Vice President

Robert C. Johnson '94, Treasurer

Copeland G. Bertsche '63, Legal Counsel

Timothy Mansfield, Executive Secretary

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.

Admissions Committee

Travis Leach '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.

Advancement Committee

Joanna Allegretti '05, 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.

Athletics Committee

Thomas Murphy '90, 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.

Awards Committee

Robert Fawcett '91, 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.

Career Services Committee

Chris Gavigan '84, 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.

Communications Committee

Melissa Coley '79, 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.

District Clubs Committee

Tim Seamans '02, 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 (601–1000 alumni), and Metropolitan Club (over 1000 alumni); and The District Clubs Award for Distinguished Individuals.

Nominations Committee

Robert Seaberg '69, 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

Bart Hale '04, 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.