Membership on Colgate’s 35-seat board of trustees includes alumni, parents of students, and the university president. Six of Colgate’s trustees are members of the Alumni Council and serve as alumni trustees to provide council perspective and facilitate communication between the two groups. Additionally, the president of the Alumni Council sits with the board as a non-voting ex officio member. Vice President Robert Tyburski ’74 serves as secretary to the board. MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR (ARCHIVE)
Board Chair Daniel B. Hurwitz ’86
, founder and CEO of Raider Hill Advisors, LLC and interim CEO of Brixmor Property Group. He is a graduate of Colgate University and the Wharton School of Business Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Early in his career he worked with the Shopco Group, before serving as Senior Vice President and Director of Real Estate and Corporate Development for Boscov's Department Store. Most recently, he led numerous departments during a 16-year tenure at DDR Corp (NYSE: DDR), culminating with serving as CEO starting in 2010. He is also Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Hawken School, a member of the Board of Directors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a member of the Visiting Committee of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, in addition to serving on the boards of several professional organizations.
Board Vice Chairs
- Gretchen H. Burke ’81, P’11, is a retired banker and active non-profit board member. Gretchen became involved with her children’s day school, the Episcopal Academy, and was elected the first female board chair in the institution’s over 220 year history in 2005. During her five-year tenure, she oversaw a $200 million building project, a successful $100 million capital campaign and the creation of a new strategic plan. In addition, Gretchen was recently awarded the 1785 Bowl award, Episcopal Academy's most prestigious award. She is currently the board chair of Steppingstone Scholars, which helps inner city children in Philadelphia get on the path to college success through intensive summer tutoring and year-round counseling. Gretchen also serves on the board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and was on the board of the Philadelphia Zoo for 10 years and co-chaired their campaign to build the new Children’s Zoo. After graduating from Colgate, she obtained her MBA from Harvard University and worked for a number of years at Security Pacific Bank in Los Angeles.
- Michael J. Herling ’79, P’08, P’09, P’12, Mike is founder and the Managing Partner of Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, a law firm located in Stamford, Connecticut. Mike has been an active volunteer for Colgate for many years. He chaired the search committee that hired Brian Casey as Colgate’s 17th president, served as the chair of the Presidents’ Club Membership Committee and served for ten years on Colgate’s Alumni Council. Mike’s wife, Nancy ’81, also served as a member of the Alumni Council and each of their three children, Doug ’08, Scott ’10 and Will ’12 graduated from Colgate. After graduating from Colgate, Mike earned a JD from Stanford Law School where he has served on the Board of Visitors. Among other activities, Mike also serves on the Board of Directors of The Business Council of Fairfield County and is the past Chair of the Board of the Stamford Hospital.