Board of Directors of the Colgate University Alumni Corporation
Sunday, April 9, 2017 Hamilton, New York
The spring meeting of the Board of Directors of the Colgate University Alumni Corporation (the “Alumni Council”) was held on Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Hamilton, New York.
The meeting was called to order at 10:50 a.m. by Mr. Joseph McGrath ’85, President. A silent roll call was taken by Timothy C. Mansfield, Executive Secretary.
The following officers, directors and life member(s) were present: Patricia Apelian ’76, William C. Baker ’70, Copeland G. Bertsche ’63, Taylor L. Buonocore-Guthrie ’08, Robert P. Burke ’85, Gus P. Coldebella ’91, Melissa J. Coley ’79, Chad E. Cooley ’00, Vaughn E. Crowe ’02, Gregory M. Dahlberg ’98, Thomas W. Dempsey, Jr. ’72, Kathleen A. Dill ’89, Carmine Disibio ’85, Debra A. Duarte ’81, Robert P. Fenity ’06, Elizabeth Orbe Fischer ’82, Robert L. Glendening ’71, Susan L. Becker Gould ’03, Scott S. Hague ’96, Harry A. Horwitz ’76, Anne M. Huntington ’07, Robert C. Johnson ’94, Christian B. Johnson ’02, Ronald A. Joyce ’73, Timothy C. Mansfield, Nancy D. Maynard ’05, Joseph P. McGrath, Jr. ’85, Kaela A. Mueller ’09, Jane Najarian Porter ’74, Stephen A. Rock ’85, Andrew S. Roffe ’68, Robert B. Seaberg ’69, Eric T. Seidman ’84, Robert B. Sobelman ’08, Patricia Spindel ’79, Brian K. Suiter ’00, Gregory A. Threatte ’69, Edward P. Witz ’89
The following officers, directors and life member(s) were present for committee meetings, but not present for the general session: Richard M. Burke ’92, Alden T. Doolittle ’67, Andrew W. Sweet ’93
The following directors were absent: James O. Aston ’57, Claudia J. Stephan Braden ’80, Jessica M. Prata Cianciara ’01, Sean F. Devlin ’05, Christine Cronin Gallagher ’83, Robert S. Grossman ’96, Max B. Haspel ’95, Ashley D. Kepping ’07, Elizabeth F. Levine-Brown ’01, Guy V. Martin ’57, Lesley R. McNamara ’01, Kelechi A. Oguh ’08, Denniston M. Reid, Jr. ’94, Christian B.
Teeter ’95, Priit J. Vesilind ’64
The following life members were absent: Douglas G. Campbell ’50, Theresa Donahue Egler ’77, John E. Gillick, Jr. ’67, Clifford L. Heaslip, Jr. ’50, Fred C. Meendsen, Sr. ’54, Scott A. Meiklejohn ’77, C. Bruce Morser ’76, Pamela E. Odeen-LoDato ’81, Gerald D. Quill ’60, G. Gary Ripple ’64, Joanne D. Spigner ’76, Bruce F. Wesson ’64
It was established that a quorum was present.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM THE WINTER MEETING
Mr. McGrath asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the winter meeting held in Hamilton,
New York, in January 2017, previously distributed to the council. A motion was made to approve the minutes, seconded and approved unanimously.
LEGAL COUNSEL’S REPORT
Mr. Copeland Bertsche ’63, Legal Counsel, advised members to complete proxy forms in case they were not planning to attend the annual meeting at Reunion. Proxy forms allow the board to conduct its annual meeting by reaching a required quorum.
Mr. Robert Johnson ’94, Treasurer, reported that the Alumni Council accounts were in good order. He also reported completion of the IRS 990 and the “Contribution Acknowledgment” forms.
During Executive Session, the Alumni Council conducted several officer votes that were unanimously approved:
- Ms. Melissa Coley ’79 as President for a term of two years
- Mr. Carmine DiSibio ’85 as Vice President for a term of two years
- Ms. Patricia Apelian ’76 as Treasurer for a term of two years
- Mr. Copeland Bertsche ’63 as Legal Counsel for a term of two years
- Mr. Timothy Mansfield as Executive Secretary for a term of one year The following director positions were also approved unanimously:
- Ms. Jessica Prata ’01 as Regional VP - Southeast, effectively immediately, for the unexpired term created by the resignation of Lesley McNamara ‘01
- Mr. Christian Johnson ’02 as Chair of Nominations Committee for a maximum term of two years
- New members of the Nominations Committee: Mr. Chad Cooley ’00, Ms. Jane Porter ’74, Mr. Stephen Rock ’85, Mr. Andrew Sweet ’93, Mr. Richard Burke ’92, and Mr.
Edward Witz ‘89
The following bylaw revisions were also approved unanimously:
- Changing the name of the Career Services Committee to the Career Initiatives Committee
- Moving the date for alumni to file contested petitions from April 10 to April 1
- Allow the Treasurer to serve as ex officio member of all committees The following bylaw revision was unanimously approved with one abstention:
- Move the approval of the Alumni Council slate of nominees from the winter to the fall meeting
Once the General Session returned to its open meeting, the following reports were shared:
- Ms. Melissa Coley ’79 (President-elect) announced new Committee chairs for 2017-18 including Mr. Chad Cooley ’00 (Advancement), Mr. Andrew Roffe ’68 (Athletics), Mr. Gregory Dahlberg ’98 (Awards), Ms. Betsy Levine-Brown ’01 (Intellectual Engagement), and Mr. Christian Johnson ’02 (Nominations).
- Mr. Joseph McGrath thanked Mr. Eric Seidman ’84 for his preparations for a possible contested election. [N.B. Subsequent to the meeting Tim Mansfield reported that no petition candidates had filed for election to the Council]
BEYOND THE ‘GATE
During the General Session, the Alumni Council members reported dialogue from some of their alumni networks about the university. Topics included:
- Mr. Chad Cooley ’00 asked for support of Mr. Paul Massey ’82 for his NYC mayoral candidacy
- Mr. Copeland Bertsche ‘63 thanked President Joseph McGrath ’85 for his outstanding leadership as President
- Ms. Nancy Maynard ’05 requested support for the Fraternity & Sorority Alumni Initiative (FSAI)
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
The Council's work is ordinarily conducted through its committees’ meetings and the General Session of the entire Council. Below is a summary of the committee meetings. Career Initiatives Committee
Committee Chair Ms. Susie Becker Gould ’03 introduced Michael Sciola, Associate Vice President of Advancement and Career Initiatives. Sciola provided an update on student traffic in the Center for Career Services (91%), Benton Hall
fundraising/construction, and the “Learn to Earn” program. Mr. Sciola also spoke about Entrepreneur Weekend changes and thanked members of the Alumni Council who helped serve on the committee to review summer internship proposals. Advancement Committee
Mr. Harry Horwitz ’76, Committee Chair, introduced Ms. Jennifer Stone, Director of Annual Giving and Director of Professional Networks. Ms. Stone gave an update on fundraising progress to date ($4.7M for Colgate Fund (+$685K from last year), 29% alumni giving rate, senior class donors: 63%, and alumni donors: 8,365). Her staff provided information about three new programs in Advancement and Alumni Relations: Pass the Torch, Broad Street Challenge, and Torch Medal Initiative.
Stone also shared how her staff has applied feedback from the Alumni Council Intellectual Engagement Committee
Committee Chair Ms. Pat Apelian ’76 began the meeting with a review of all academic programs that Colgate sponsored in FY17. They include 25 events with Colgate faculty, plus other intellectual programs with alumni specialists. Apelian encouraged members of the Alumni Council to use Livestream
to view recorded or live lectures on campus. She then introduced Professor Mary Ann Calo to discuss her travel program
to Venice, Italy in October. Calo described how programs like these are more intellectual than “tourist” and offer guests a full immersion into the art, culture, and history of Venice. They are looking to secure 20 registrants by July 15, 2017. Athletics Committee
Committee Chair Mr. Robert Glendening ’71 introduced several guests to the meeting: Ms. Ann- Marie Guglieri (Senior Associate Athletic Director), Ms. Kathy Brawn (Women’s Soccer Head Coach), and Mr. Daniel Hunt (Head Football Coach). Ms. Guglieri provided an overview of the past academic year including success on and off the playing field, specifically the opening of the Class of ’65 Arena.
Brawn and Hunt gave a recaps of their seasons and expressed gratitude for alumni support of their programs. Among other topics, they discussed recruiting challenges, athletic scholarships, and their commitment to winning. State of the ‘Gate
Three different committees were represented during the State of the ‘Gate panel presentation. The Admission Committee was pleased to welcome Mr. Gary Ross ’77 (Vice President and Dean) to provide an update on the Class of 2021. He discussed median board scores and GPA of accepted students, gender and ethnicity data, and projections for enrollment. Mr. Timothy Mansfield (Associate Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations) was invited by the District Clubs Committee Chair Ms. Kaela Mueller ’09 to discuss the metrics used to calculate the Alumni Engagement Index, which currently is at 48% toward a 57% goal.
Finally, Ms. Taylor Buonocore ’08 (chair of the Communications Committee) introduced Colgate’s new Vice President of Communications, Laura Jack
, to the Alumni Council. Ms. Jack gave a brief overview of her career, impressions of Colgate, and goals for her first several months. University Relations Committee
Ms. Debra Duarte ’81, Committee Chair, introduced several guests to the committee meeting. Ms. Jennifer Marotto-Lutter is the Director of the Partnership for Community Development
and she gave a presentation on how her office supports the local economy and works with Colgate. Back in 1999, the Alumni Council was instrumental in forming/financing the Partnership for Community Development.
After the PCD presentation, Duarte introduced Dr. Dawn LaFrance, Director of the Counseling Center and Haven.
LaFrance brought two members of her staff who work closely with survivors of sexual assault. They described their services and helped answer questions from Alumni Council members. While the staff was thanked for their important work, Alumni Council members also expressed strong concern for the national trends and alleged violations here at Colgate.
PRESIDENT BRIAN W. CASEY
The Alumni Council was pleased to meet with the President on Saturday, April 8 to discuss his observations about Colgate after his first nine months, and his priorities going forward. Casey discussed two important administrative positions he is looking to fill (Dean of the College, Dean of the Faculty), his hopes for the capital campaign, and then spent a lot of time discussing his strategic priorities: Colgate faculty, our ability to enroll the best students, the residential experience for students, and the campus itself. President Casey reviewed the plans for the new residence halls on the quad and also addressed recent sexual assault allegations from students.
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
On Sunday morning, President Joe McGrath ’85 introduced two guests to meet with the Alumni Council. Mr. Thomas O’Neill, Controller, has served at Colgate over forty years and annually prepares the IRS 990 documents for the Alumni Corporation. He is also a recipient of the Maroon Citation award which will be presented at Reunion this June. Tom described his work in the Accounting Office managing payroll, budgets, and operating expenses for the University.
Mr. J.S. Hope ’97 has served at Colgate for six years and currently is the Vice President of Finance and Administration. J.S. provided an extensive look at Colgate’s endowment strategies and how he works with the Board of Trustees to steward Colgate’s resources. It was a very useful presentation and the Alumni Council appreciated learning about Colgate’s solid financial position.
On Saturday, April 8, the Alumni Council recognized several members of the council who are retiring in June. They included: Mr. Gus P. Coldebella '91, Mr. Vaughn E. Crowe '02, Mr. Robert L. Glendening '71, Mr. Robert S. Grossman '96, Mr. Harry A. Horwitz '76, Ms. Anne M. Huntington '07, Mr. Ronald A. Joyce '73, Mr. Guy V. Martin '57, Ms. Nancy D. Maynard '05, Mr. Joseph P. McGrath Jr. '85, and Mr. Eric T. Seidman '84.
All have been very dedicated volunteers and the Alumni Council thanked them for their service to Colgate.
Mr. McGrath adjourned the meeting at 12:04 p.m. Respectfully submitted,
Timothy C. Mansfield