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Council Structure

Each member of the Alumni Council is part of at least one of the committees detailed below.

Officers and Executive Committee

President 
Melissa J. Coley '79

Vice President
Christian Johnson '02

Treasurer
Patricia Apelian '76

Legal Counsel 
Copeland G. Bertsche '63

Executive Secretary
Ex Officio
Timothy Mansfield

All other committee chairs are also considered part of the Executive Committee

Academic Life Committee

Elizabeth Levine-Brown '01, chair

The Academic Life Committee seeks to promote meaningful opportunities for intellectual engagement between alumni and faculty, as well as students, parents and friends of the college. Committee members liaise with the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty in fostering connections with faculty across all disciplines. This committee facilitates life-long learning for all stakeholders of the University.

Alumni Engagement Committee

Shevorne Martin '08, Chair

The Alumni Engagement Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the University's Office of Alumni Relations to identify, improve, develop and implement initiatives that engage alumni with the University and its mission, as well as with other alumni. This Committee proactively works with the Regional Advancement staff in support of the district clubs program, and with the Institutional Advancement staff to enhance engagement efforts, foster collaboration and improve communication and outreach to alumni.

Awards Committee

Gregory Dahlberg '98, chair

The Awards Committee recommends nominees for Alumni Council awards that honor alumni, faculty and other University employees who have manifested outstanding commitment, contributions and service to the University: the Wm. Brian Little '64 Alumni Award for Distinguished Service, Maroon Citations, the Ann Yao '80 Memorial Young Alumni Award, the Colgate University Corporation Humanitarian Award, and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, as well as such other awards as the Alumni Council shall from time to time determine to be appropriate and in the best interests of the Alumni Council and the University. The selections for award recipients shall be made in accordance with guidelines adopted by the Alumni Council governing such awards.

Campus Connections Committee

Stephen Rock '85, chair

The Campus Connections Committee directly connects with and supports students and campus organizations, in collaboration with the Dean of the College. With a focus on advancing the traditions, rituals and spirit that connect alumni with the University and with each other, the Committee further demonstrates to future alumni the special nature of being a Colgate alum.

Career Initiatives Committee

Edward Witz '89, chair

The Career Initiatives Committee partners with the University and its Career Initiatives Office to strengthen the value alumni provide to both current students and alumni, whether they are entering or already in the workforce, or are considering post-graduate educational opportunities.  By enhancing access to the professional networks and relationships of the alumni body, the Committee works to assist students and alumni in building fulfilling career paths.

Communications Committee

Jessica Prata Cianciara '01, chair

The Communications Committee promotes and enhances successful communication among the University, its alumni and its current students, through key social and print media channels, working in collaboration with the University’s Office of Communications.  The Committee also ensures that the work of the Alumni Council is effectively communicated to the broader alumni community.   

Nominations Committee

Richard Burke '92,  chair

The Nominations Committee identifies and recommends candidates for the Alumni Council by considering varied Colgate volunteer service, a demonstrated commitment to Colgate over time, meaningful personal or professional accomplishments or contributions to the greater community, a readiness and willingness to become more involved on behalf of the University, a consistent history of giving financial support to Colgate, as well as other indicators of significant engagement with or contribution to Colgate. The Committee endeavors to assure that the nominees, if elected, would result in an Alumni Council that reflects diversity of the alumni membership as a whole, as well as the diversity of the student body. The Committee also recommends candidates for the Alumni Council’s Officers as well as Alumni Trustees for election to the University's Board of Trustees.