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Nomination and Election Process

All alumni who have attended Colgate for at least one semester are members of the Colgate University Alumni Corporation and are eligible to serve on the Alumni Council.
The Nominations Committee operates in a yearly cycle that culminates in the publishing of a slate of candidates in the winter edition of the Colgate Scene, but nominations are accepted at any time during the year and from eligible alumni. An alum may nominate him or herself.

Nominations should be sent or e-mailed to the Executive Secretary, Tim Mansfield.

Each year, the profiles of approximately 300 candidates are reviewed and discussed. The following key criteria are used as a guide to selection:
  • Volunteer service and leadership in Colgate affairs
  • Consistent history of financial support to Colgate
  • 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
The Nominations Committee strives to select a slate of candidates that ensures that the Alumni Council reflects both the graduating class distribution and the diversity of the alumni membership as a whole.

How Does the Election Work?

If there is no challenge for a position, the executive secretary is empowered by the Bylaws, Article VI, Section 3(e), to cast a unanimous vote for the unchallenged nominee or nominees at the Alumni Council's annual meeting.

To challenge, the Alumni Council must receive a petition signed by 75 members who are entitled to vote, specifying the candidate to be challenged (era or at-large nominee), by thirty (30) days after the publication date of the Colgate Scene containing the Alumni Council's nominees or April 10, whichever is earlier.  Petitions must be accompanied by a current resume and the consent of the challenger to be nominated. 

If any such petition is received, a ballot listing all candidates will be sent to alumni. Elections will be held prior to the annual meeting of the Alumni Council in Hamilton during Reunion Weekend (May/June).

This is a summary; please refer to the Alumni Council's bylaws for the details of the challenge procedure.