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Parents' Steering Committee

Welcome to the Colgate family!
Trees blossoming along Payne Creek in spring at Colgate University.

About the Committee

Established in 1954, the Parents’ Steering Committee is comprised of families of current Colgate students, representing all four class years. Members join annually; their term of office runs from the fall through spring semester.

The Parents' Steering Committee meets once each semester — over Family Weekend and on a designated spring weekend. At the fall and spring semester meetings, the committee meets with senior university administrators and faculty members.


Members of the Parents' Steering Committee are asked to:
  • Make an annual leadership gift at one of the following levels:
    • Patron level — gifts of $50,000 or more
    • Council level — gifts of $25,000 to $49,999
    • Fellow level — gifts of $10,000 to $24,999
  • Direct your gift to the part of Colgate you care about most -- The Colgate Fund, Spendable Internships, the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate, an academic program or athletic team, or to one of the Parents’ Steering Committee funding priorities.
  • Host regional events. Events are typically hosted at someone’s home, club or restaurant. The Parents’ Fund staff will work with you to determine an appropriate format such as a cocktail reception, barbeque, buffet dinner or sit-down dinner. Speakers from campus are available.
  • Attend special gatherings on campus and regionally when possible.
  • Attend at least one committee meeting per year to demonstrate support.
  • Provide university administrators with valuable insight into the Colgate undergraduate experience.
  • Assist in donor identification and cultivation when appropriate.
  • Assist Colgate in providing internships and networking opportunities for Colgate students and recent graduates.

Member Highlights

In return for their support members of the Parents' Steering Committee enjoy:
Housing during select campus events
Members in good standing will have housing available in or nearby Hamilton for the following events:
  • Family Weekend
  • Commencement
  • Spring Steering Committee Weekend
  • Other Colgate events when housing assistance is required
Interface with administrators and network with parents and alumni
  • Throughout the year, members of the Parents' Steering Committee will be invited to exclusive events with the President of the university, distinguished faculty members and other members of the administration.
  • Membership comes with direct access to the Parents’ Fund staff, who are available to help when assistance is needed.
  • Enjoy events hosted by parents in your local area. Everything from cocktails at the gallery to barbeques in backyards. Take these opportunities to get to know parents and alumni in your area!
Travel assistance coming to campus
  • We will assist with car service for transportation to and from the airport or train station when needed.
  • We will assist with planning for arrival at the local Hamilton Municipal Airport for private aircraft.
Local Services
Parents’ Fund staff can point you in the right direction for all your local transactions, including assistance with restaurant reservations and coordinating catering for private functions in Hamilton.
Presidents' Club
As a member of the Parents' Steering Committee, your support automatically qualifies you in the Presidents’ Club; Colgate’s leadership gift society. This includes the following highlights:
  • Regular, exclusive communications from the university including the PC Newsflash.
  • Invitations to Presidents’ Club events in your area (receptions, dinners, faculty presentations, etc.).
  • Invitations to Presidents’ Club events on campus during Family Weekend and Commencement.
  • An exclusive invitation to our annual NYC event.

Committee Leadership

Brian and Karen Conway P'19
Co-Chairs, Parents' Steering Committee