The Colgate Scene
March 2000
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Colgate University Alumni Corporation
2000 Board of Directors Election

The Colgate Alumni Corporation comprises everyone who has attended the university for at least one semester and whose class has graduated. Management of the Alumni Corporation is vested in its Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors meets three times each year; however, special meetings may be called as needed. Board officers are president, vice president, nine regional vice presidents, treasurer and legal counsel.

Standing committees, organized according to need and interest, perform most of the board's work. Current committees are: Executive, Admission and Student Aid, Athletics, Awards, Career Services, Development, District Clubs, Nominations and University Relations. Each director serves on at least three committees.

Each year nine new directors are elected to four-year terms. Seven candidates represent class years from 1919 to 1999; each era includes one-seventh of the total number of living alumni. In addition, two at-large directors are elected each year.

The Alumni Corporation's electoral system employs a single slate with the opportunity to challenge by petition. The board's Nominations Committee identifies and, with board approval, nominates the candidates presented here. Names may be suggested for future elections by writing the board's executive secretary, RuthAnn Loveless, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346. Any alumnus/a may submit nominations. This year there were more than 250 nominations for the current board positions.

All Colgate alumni are eligible for election to the Board of Directors. Names may be submitted to the executive secretary or to a member of the Nominations Committee by November 15 and will be considered for the following election year. The Nominations Committee and the board approve a slate at their midwinter meeting for election at reunion.

To challenge a nominee, one must submit a petition signed by 75 members who are entitled to vote, specifying the target of the challenge (era or at-large nominee). Petitions must be received by April 10, 2000, accompanied by a current resume and the consent of the challenger to be nominated. If such petitions are received, a ballot listing corporation nominees and all challengers will be sent to alumni in April. Elections will be held at the annual meeting in Hamilton on Saturday, June 3.

If there is no contest, the executive secretary is empowered by the Bylaws, Article VI Section 3 (e), to cast a unanimous vote for the nominees listed here. Therefore, no ballot is included with this announcement. If there is a contest, ballots will be provided.


Era I     up to 1954
Fred H. Rohn '47
Madison, NJ

A retired general partner from North American Venture Capital Fund Deloitte & Touche, Fred Rohn is the head of a remarkable Colgate family. His sons Frederick '74 and Douglas '78, daughters Kathleen '75 and Barbara '82 and daughters-in-law Frances '76 and Nancy Schneider '78 carry on the tradition.

     Fred has served his class and college generously. He has been a reunion program chair and was reunion gift chair in 1992 and 1997. Fred is also a member of the Planned Giving Committee and is a class agent. An English major as an undergraduate, Fred was involved with basketball and was a member of the Maroon staff and Delta Upsilon. During his 50th Reunion in 1997 Fred was awarded a Maroon Citation.

Era II     1955-1966
Ellis E. Rowland '57
Mountainside, NJ

Ellis Rowland has a long history of service to alma mater. He has been a member of the board of directors of the North Jersey Alumni Club and has guided many talented students to Colgate. Ellis has been involved as a fundraiser as well as reunion gift co-chair in 1992 and 1997, head agent and a volunteer during recent Colgate capital campaigns. He has a particular interest in athletics, especially football as a longtime member of Maroon Council, as well as lacrosse and basketball. His efforts were recognized with a Maroon Citation in 1992.

     A member of Theta Chi, band manager and active in Masque and Triangle while at Colgate, Ellis has had an outstanding career in business publishing and

Era III     1967-1974
Alan S. Anderson '70
Alexandria, VA

Alan Anderson has served Colgate in a variety of ways. He has been a class agent, member of the Campaign Executive Committee and a Presidents' Club member since 1982. He is also a past president of the Washington, D.C. Alumni Club. He has been a member of the reunion gift committee. For 25 years Alan was a Scene editor, keeping classmates informed. Class secretary since his undergraduate days, Alan majored in political science, was an officer with the Inter-Fraternity Council and co-captain of the cheerleaders. He also was a student member of the Dean of Students search committee. A member of KDR, Alan's leadership was recognized with his election to Konosioni.

     Alan is an attorney.

Era IV     1975-1980
Angela Moody Robinson '77
Bordentown, NJ

One of the driving forces behind the Alumni of Color organization, Angela Moody Robinson has been tireless in her efforts. She has served on the executive board, is a past secretary and has been president since 1995. She is also the historian and the AOC columnist for the Scene as well as chair of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Memorial Book Fund. As an undergraduate she majored in Spanish and education and was active in dance, theater and the Union of Minority Folk. She also studied in Spain. Today, Angela is a senior counselor and instructor at Rutgers University.

Era V     1981-1986
Cynthia Dietzel Brown '84

Cynthia Brown is one of the shining lights of an illustrious Colgate family. Her father is Herb Dietzel '52, a past member of the Alumni Board of Directors, and her sister Christine '82, brother Geoffrey '88 and brother-in-law Robert Laud '72 all share Colgate roots. Cynthia, a senior client manager with CIGNA HealthCare, majored in biology and German, lived in Central Europe House and was a member of the Basel Study Group. A Swinging 'Gate, Cynthia was also a member of the Chorus and was active in University Theatre. Since graduating, Cynthia has been an alumni admission worker and chair and served on the Presidents' Club Membership Committee.

Era VI     1987-1992
Andrew L. Busser '91
New York City

A 1996 recipient of the Ann Yao '80 Young Alumni Award, Andy Busser continues a string of accomplishments and service he began as an undergraduate. Class Council president, Andy was active in student government, a leader at ATO and a ski instructor and member of the squash team. As an alumnus he is already a past president of the New York City Alumni Club, was co-reunion program chair in 1996 and served five years as his class editor. Andy, a class agent, received the Annual Support Class Excellence Award in 1996 and is a member of the Presidents' Club Membership Committee. Andy works as a management consultant, focused on health care, with the Wilkerson Group, and has given his time freely to career services.

Era VII     1993-1999
Sarah D. Heisler '94

Sarah Heisler was an active undergraduate and has been an equally busy alumna. She majored in sociology and religion, was a member and the philanthropic chair of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a tour guide and active in Big Brother/Big Sister. Sarah joined the board of directors of the Chicago Alumni Club right after graduation and is currently president. She is an alumni admission chairperson and representative during college nights. Sarah is also a member of the class gift committee and was part of the Chicago Phonathon, all while studying law at Northwestern University. Sarah's sister Margaret is a member of the Class of 2002.

Thomas D. Carlson '66

Past president of the Twin Cities Alumni Club, Tom Carlson has served on the reunion gift executive committee, supported students for admission (and offered invaluable advice for their parents) and is a class agent. He received the Class Agent Excellence Award in 1996 and is a member of the Presidents' Club. As an undergraduate, Tom was elected to Konosioni, served in student government, was a Cobb Fellow, volunteered with the Campus Fund Drive and played hockey. He is a Silver Puck board member and has supported the Thomas M. Wilson Scholarship Fund. Daughter Amy graduated with honors in philosophy in 1997.

Jonathan W. Wilham '95
Arlington, VA

Jonathan Wilham was the driving force in the creation of the Washington D.C. Alumni Club Scholarship Fund. He is currently the president of the club after becoming a board member soon after graduation. At Colgate, Jonathan served on the Residential Life Council, was a member of the crew team and was a double major, concentrating in history and political science. He is a senior consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc.

In addition to the nine elected Alumni Corporation officers, regional vice presidents will be officially appointed by the Alumni Corporation Board of Directors at the spring meeting.

RVP Midwest
Bunn S. Rhea '50
Avon Lake, OH

Bunn Rhea's leadership was clearly demonstrated as an undergraduate. An English major and member of Beta Theta Pi, Bunn served as manager of the football team and held the intramural record for the 100-yard dash. He was also active in student government and was a member of Konosioni and Maroon Key. He was secretary of the Athletic Governing Board and chairman of the Council of Varsity Team Managers.

     As an alumnus, Bunn was the first president of the Alumni Club of Tennessee and is a past president and current board member of the Cleveland Alumni Club. He also serves as an alumni admission volunteer and has served as a class agent.

RVP Mid-Atlantic
Thomas F. Seligson '73

Attorney Tom Seligson was an active undergraduate and has been an involved alumnus. Phi Beta Kappa and a magna cum laude graduate in English, Tom participated in the London Study Group and was photo editor of the Maroon. He was also a four-year letter winner with the golf team.

     He is a past president of the Pittsburgh Alumni Club, which was recognized as the most improved club and the outstanding medium-sized club during his tenure. Tom has also attended volunteer leadership conferences and the Summer Alumni College.

     As a fundraiser, Tom is a class agent, winning the Excellence Award in 1993 and 1996, and has been a matching gift agent. Tom served as the gift chair for the Class of 1973's 25th Reunion.

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