Dear Colgate Colleagues and Friends,
Colgate’s Board of Trustees met on campus June 7-8, 2013, the last of our four meetings for the 2012-13 fiscal year. It is a pleasure to provide this post-board meeting report to you.
Our sessions on Friday, June 7th were structured as updates and, with 34 of the 35 trustees present for our meetings, there was strong and very positive board engagement with the faculty and staff who presented or participated. The Institutional Advancement and Communications Committee conducted the first session that focused on our ongoing institutional identity project. We met with Mark Edwards, Chairman and Founder, and Maria Kadision, President and CEO, of Edwards and Co., the leaders of the firm hired to support the initiative. Edwards and Co. works exclusively with colleges, universities and independent schools to develop institutional identity strategies for marketing and communications. We were joined by Kim Reid, Vice President of Maguire and Associates, a firm that is conducting market research related to the project. The initiative is being coordinated by a 28 person campus committee, and the product of the initiative will be to sharpen our communications in the years to come. Another update on this effort will be given at the October 2013 board meeting.
The Capital Assets Committee met with Ricardo Dumont, Principal, and Gregory Janks, Principal, from Sasaki and Associates, who presented a preliminary draft of the Campus Master Plan. They were joined by three faculty members of the Campus Master Plan Committee: Bob McVaugh, Professor and Chair of Art and Art History, Dan Monk, George R. and Myra T. Cooley Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Professor of Geography, and Bruce Selleck, Harold Orville Whitnall Professor of Geology and former Provost and Dean of the Faculty. Our session was similar to ones you may have attended, and board members were invited to ask questions or make observations about the various ideas being considered. The Sasaki team has compiled a significant amount of data and the board looks forward to reviewing a final version of the Campus Master Plan at its October 2013 meeting.
The Academic and Faculty Affairs Committee session connected board members with faculty who illustrated the various ways technology is being used in teaching today at Colgate. We received an overview from Doug Hicks, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, and brief presentations from six members of the faculty: Tom Balonek, Professor of Physics and Astronomy (Video Narratives), Karen Harpp, Associate Professor of Geology (Variety of Mapping Applications), Robert Garland, Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics (VisLab & Murder on the Ides), Doug Johnson, Associate Professor of Psychology (Using Clickers to Engage Students in the Classroom), Jacob Mundy, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies (Virtual Debates Using Adobe Connect), and Aisha Musa, Assistant Professor of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Civilization (Wikipedia Student Authoring). We benefited from the support of the Information Technology staff, including Kevin Lynch, Chief Information Officer, and Ray Nardelli, Manager, Digital Media and Interim Director of Academic Technologies, and were introduced to the members of the Collaboration for Enhanced Learning group. This session provided very useful insights as the board looks ahead to its October 2013 meeting that will include a report from the “Learning and Teaching” Working Group as part of the Strategic Plan.
Our last session on Friday was an informal conversation about the Class of 2017 that will enroll in August. The board congratulated Gary Ross, Vice President and Dean of Admission, and his staff for their efforts that yielded the strongest academic class, and the most diverse, in Colgate’s history. We discussed the steps being taken to support the growing number of students enrolling from states across the country and our preparedness if the trend in attracting and enrolling increasing numbers of international students continues.
During our formal business session the board acted on several recommendations, including:
- Recommendations of the President Regarding Faculty Appointments
- Authorization to amend the Colgate University Investment Policy Statement
- Approved expenditures to renovate James B. Colgate Hall to create the Admission Welcome Center, contingent upon successfully securing gift funding for the full project cost
- Approved expenditures to install new fume hood monitors and alarms
- Approved expenditures to purchase 59.18 acres of land near the Colgate campus.
In addition, the board approved resolutions of appreciation for four trustees whose terms of service ended at the June meeting. The resolutions followed a wonderful dinner on Friday evening that gave us an opportunity to recognize the service of Emily H. Bradley ’10, Eric A. Cole ’93, Mark G. Falcone ’85 and John C. Shaw ’76. All four, each in their own special way, served Colgate in outstanding fashion and I know we will continue to benefit from their engagement with Colgate in the years ahead.
That evening we also recognized the outstanding years of service and effort by David B. Hale ’84. Dave’s 20 years of employment at Colgate included 12 years of service as Treasurer. The board joins the campus community in congratulating Dave, his wife Ingrid and their family for all that they have done to enhance the quality of Colgate University and the Hamilton community. We extend our very best wishes as they transition to Richmond, Virginia.
The board also elected four new trustees to three-year terms: Kathleen A. Dill ’89, New York, NY, Vice President, CIB Business & Executive Communications Group, J.P. Morgan; Christine Cronin Gallagher ’83, New York, NY, Managing Director, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey; Daniel L. Rosensweig P’15, P’17, Woodside, CA, Chief Executive Officer, Chegg Inc., and Safwan B. Shabab ’10, Chicago, IL, Associate, Cressey and Company.
Looking ahead to the 2013-14 fiscal year, the board will meet in Hamilton October 4-5, 2013, March 28-29, 2014 and June 6-7, 2014. In addition, we will meet January 24-25, 2014 in either New York or Miami.
As we near the end of a busy and productive 2012-13 I want to express my gratitude to each of you for your efforts in support of our students. Your commitment to their well-being was evident at Commencement 2013 when I visited with graduates and their families and heard them express appreciation for their academic, residential and extracurricular experiences. The many successes of this past year, when coupled with the thoughtful and creative ideas emerging from the working groups of the strategic planning process that will be completed this fall, form a wonderful foundation for Colgate’s future success. Your continued commitment will be critical as we face the challenges of a complex, dynamic and competitive world and my fellow board members join me in looking forward to working with you in the year ahead.
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Best regards, Denis F. Cronin ’69 P’09, P’10
Chair, Colgate University Board of Trustees