Alumni Council

Promoting Dialogue, Inviting Engagement, and Making Colgate Connections



Dear Colgate Alumni,

This site was designed with you in mind. Use it to talk with Alumni Council members about what's going on at the university. The Council will use it to let you know what we’re doing for Colgate and the alumni community, as well as to host discussions about Colgate issues.  Council members will also be using the site to review meeting agendas, minutes, and voting materials — our newest way to “go green” and save on printing and mailing costs.

It is our pleasure to serve Colgate and its alumni community through our work on the Alumni Council, to represent the alumni voice to Colgate, and to encourage the ongoing excellence of the institution that we all love.

Interested in learning how you can get involved at Colgate? Check out the 13 Ways to Get Involved page. Know someone you think would be a great addition to the Council? Check out the Call for Nominations below.  Questions or ideas for the Alumni Council web page can be directed to Tim Mansfield, Associate Vice President & Director of Alumni Affairs.

Christine Cronin Gallagher '83
Alumni Council President


September 14-15, 2012:
Fall Meeting, Hamilton, NY

January 18 - 19, 2013:
Winter Meeting, Hamilton, NY

April 13-14, 2013:
Spring Meeting, Hamilton, NY

June 1
, 2013
Annual Meeting, Hamilton, NY
Reunion Weekend


• A group of 55 alumni leaders who reflect the diversity of the alumni body and its opinions, spanning graduate eras and geographic regions. Read more about the Council structure.

• Elected in recognition of exemplary volunteerism, devotion and consistent financial support to Colgate University. Find out more about the nominations and elections process.

• Charged with leading Colgate University’s alumni association, formally known as the Alumni Corporation.

• This Council is separate from Colgate University’s Board of Trustees, which is entrusted with overseeing the governance of the University.

• Six members of the Alumni Council also serve as Alumni Trustees on the Board of Trustees to provide Council perspective and facilitate communication between the two groups.


The mission of the Alumni Council is to:

• Support the University and its strategic plan, helping to advance and secure Colgate’s position as a leading liberal arts university, while preserving Colgate’s core values and traditions. Check out our Alumni Council In The News page.

• Promote dialogue among alumni, students, faculty, administration and the Board of Trustees, on issues of importance to the welfare of the University

• Actively support programs, on and off campus, to increase alumni engagement in the life of the University. Learn more about Council sponsored programs and activities.


Building on a recently completed strategic planning process, the Alumni Council will focus this year on:

• Expanding communications with alumni

• Connecting more effectively with volunteers

• Implementing strategic initiatives in collaboration with University programs

• Developing an assessment tool to evaluate the Council’s impact

Read the most recent Council minutes and meeting summaries.

Learn how you can get involved at Colgate!

Call for Nominations

The nominations committee of the Alumni Council seeks recommendations for additional candidates to be considered this fall, and to start with the 2012/2013 school year.

    Each year, 11 to 13 new members are selected to represent specific eras and geographic areas as well as at-large positions. Ideal candidates exhibit several of the following qualities:
•    Varied Colgate volunteer service, especially in leadership roles
•    A demonstrated commitment to Colgate over time
•    Meaningful personal or professional accomplishments or contributions to the greater community
•    Readiness and willingness to become more involved on behalf of the university
•    A consistent history of giving financial support to Colgate

If you know someone who demonstrates these qualities, or if you would like to self nominate, please mail or email your nominations by Sept. 1, 2012, to: Tim Mansfield, Executive Secretary, Colgate University, 13 Oak Dr., Hamilton, NY 13346. Please include a supporting statement for each person you nominate.


" I definitely chose the right school. I could talk for hours about what Colgate alumni have done for me, even those outside the Real World, and I would still never do their actions justice."
  Diane Kahng '09

"I never realized how friendly and willing to help the alumni really are until the Real World weekend.... Hearing from alumni about their diverse and successful career paths (and possibly winding roads to get there), I was comforted about making my next steps, and gained enthusiasm to really get moving on my job search."
Katrina Jensen '09

"I had a great experience with the alums from Alumni Council at Real World. It was inspiring to hear people in areas of interest tell their story of how they got to where they are."
Jamil Jude '09