Kicking off 2014, a gathering at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., on January 22 allowed Presidents’ Club members to explore galleries dedicated to the history and contemporary role of espionage. Professor Michael Hayes attended and spoke about the D.C. political science study group, which he led that semester. Following Hayes’ talk, Eamon Javers ’94, reporter at CNBC and expert on corporate espionage, discussed his 2010 book, Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy
, with guests.
Club of Los Angeles president Emily Raiber ’02 delivered a “State of the ’Gate” at the February Presidents’ Club event, hosted in the penthouse of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Later in the evening, members heard from Eugene Young ’81 on the nature of leadership and its presence at Colgate.
The events continued in San Francisco last April. The Battery, an exclusive invitation-only club, lent its social environment for interaction and inspiration among Presidents’ Club members. Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Gary Ross ’77 looked to the future as he presented guests with an update on the Class of 2018 and the status of financial aid at the university. He expanded his talk with a discussion on trends in admission and higher education as a whole.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was the location of this May’s Boston reception. Located in the city’s Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood, the museum resembles a 15th-century Venetian palace and contains international art curated by the museum’s namesake. More than 100 members had access to all gallery space and heard from President Jeffrey Herbst as he elaborated on the details of the university’s new strategic plan and his vision for Colgate’s future.
President Herbst discussed the four pillars of the strategic plan once again at an event in Chicago on June 9, opening the floor for an extensive Q&A session following his remarks. Members gathered at the ballroom of the Casino, one of the oldest private clubs in Chicago, featuring an art-deco design. Former trustee Todd Brown ’71 also spoke at the event.
At the pinnacle of this year’s calendar stood the club’s annual celebration in New York City. A dazzling sunset illuminated the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on May 1, shining on more than 600 Colgate faithful in attendance.
The event honored the commitment of Presidents’ Club members, who support the university at a leadership level, and recognized Willow Society members, who have made planned gift arrangements. It paid tribute to the leadership of former trustees, and a silent auction raised nearly $70,000 for the Career Services Internship Fund, which helps students with financial need accept unpaid or underpaid internships.
The diverse nature of this year’s regional receptions served to highlight the common cause of Presidents’ Club members: leadership by example and loyalty to Colgate.
— Lauren Casella ’16