The Colgate Scene
March 2001
Table of contents
Colgate University Alumni Corporation
2001 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 2000; 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 2.

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
Thomas C. Walbridge '51
Grayling, MI and Naples, FL

A retired executive vice president of the Libbey Owens Ford Glass Co., Tom Walbridge has managed a busy professional career with an active alumni life. He is a past president of the Detroit Alumni Club and, since 1991, has been the president of the Naples Alumni Club. He is also the Class of 1951 president and serves on the reunion executive committee. As an undergraduate, Tom was a member of the Interfraternity Council, Glee Club and Council of Varsity Team Managers. He majored in sociology and is a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. For more than 25 years he has been an invaluable admission counselor, helping to direct the finest high school students to Colgate. Tom has been an equally energetic fundrais-er. He is a class agent and a member of the Presidents' Club Membership Committee, and has filled leadership roles in every campaign since ERA in 1972, including membership on the national major gifts committee and serving as a kick-off host during the Campaign for Colgate. Two cousins followed Tom to Colgate: Cathy Walbridge '79 and James Hancock '78. In recognition of years of service, Tom Walbridge was awarded the Maroon Citation in 1996.

Era II     1955-1966
John P. Wilkins '66
Wellesley, MA

A member of the Alumni Corporation Board of Directors since 1999 (fulfilling the term of new legal counsel Bob Malley '66), John Wilkins '66 has made good on the promise of his undergraduate days. A Phi Beta Kappa and George Cobb Fellow with a concentration in political science, John was elected to Konosioni, served as vice president of the senior class, edited Caliper, was a member of Maroon Key, student government, the Outing Club, ski team, sailing club and the Washington, DC Study Group. He also served as president of Beta Theta Pi. John is the founder and president of Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc. and has been active in professional and civic organizations. He has supported students for admission, participates in career services activities and served as reunion gift co-chair for his 25th. As a fundraiser, John has participated in phonathons and campaigns. He is a regional chair with the Presidents' Club Membership Committee, served as a class agent and is a past member of the Financial Services Committee. He is a member in perpetuity of the Presidents' Club. Ray Ilg '67 is a brother-in-law. John was awarded the Maroon Citation in 1991.

Era III     1967-1974
Thomas H. Tucker '67
Cold Spring Harbor, NY

After a successful Wall Street career, Tom Tucker has traded in trading for a camp director's whistle. The founder of Camp Fiver in nearby Poolville, Tom is dedicated to providing economically disadvantaged children with a summer camp experience that fosters self-esteem and interpersonal skills. As an undergraduate, Tom, a New York State Regents Scholar, majored in economics, was a member of Phi Tau and the Math Club and was captain of the soccer team. Now retired as an executive vice president from Lehman Brothers, Inc., Tom served on the gift committee for his 25th reunion, has supported students for admission and is involved in fundraising. He was a member of the financial services committee and is a Parent-to-Parent caller. His daughter Gretchen is a member of the Class of 2001.

Era IV     1975-1980
Pamela Pickert Kindler '76
Rye, NY

Pam and Rob Kindler met two weeks after their first year at Colgate began. Twenty eight years later they brought their daughter Emily '04 to campus to begin her first year. In addition to being new members of the Society of Families, the Kindlers are co-chairs of their 25th reunion gift committee. Pam chaired the effort in 1991. A retired attorney who majored in English, Pam has supported students for admission, served as a member of the regional campaign committee and the lawyers campaign committee. She is vice chairman of the New York United Hospital Board and is active in community organizations. "I hope Emily comes away with a most excellent education," says Pam. "I hope she broadens her viewpoints and learns about things she had never heard of before she got to Colgate, but first and foremost, it is about the education."

Era V     1981-1986
Andrew J. Lewkowicz '83
Hopkinton, MA

Andy Lewkowicz has been an active volunteer, working in admission, fundraising and career services. As an undergraduate he majored in economics and was an officer at Theta Chi and with the student association. He also served on the board of directors of the Fraternity Management Association, was active in student government and was a cheerleader. The president of Merrill IR Edge, Andy is a reunion gift chair and a member of the Presidents' Club Membership Committee. He has supported students for admission and participates in career seminars, the January internship program and job referrals. He is a former member of the board of the Boston Lyric Opera and serves on the board of the Hopkinton Youth Soccer Association.

Era VI     1987-1992
Gus P. Coldebella '91
Charlestown, MA

A philosophy major, Gus Coldebella has gone on to a career in law. He is an attorney in the trial department of Goodwin Procter LLP. As an undergraduate he served as house manager, vice president and president of ATO and helped to develop the relationship statement based on the trustees' 1990 SCRL report. He played with the 1:30 Band, Dexter Morrill's jazz ensemble, and was elected to Konosioni. He was co-president of the Boston Alumni Club (with Elise Martin) and continues as a member of the club's board. Gus has supported students for admission and has been active with career services, making on-campus presentations and advising. In 1996 he received the Annual Support Class Excellence Award. He has been a member of the reunion gift committee and is a member of the Presidents' Club Membership Committee.

Era VII     1993-1999
Kathleen P. Baker '95
Chicago, IL

Kathy Baker took Colgate by storm as an undergraduate, kept up the pace during a stint in the Alumni Office and has, predictably, been a whirlwind as an alumna. Hailing from West Virginia, Kathy majored in psychology and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta, the crew team and the Senior Class Gift Committee. She stayed on campus following graduation, first as the alumni office intern and then as the assistant director of alumni affairs. She is well known for her careful tent management during reunions. Lured far from thy valley by business opportunities, Kathy has kept the spirit alive as a past president of the Cleveland Alumni Club and now serves on the board of the Chicago Club. She was co-chair of her fifth reunion program and served on the class gift committee. Her cousin Alexander Teeter is a member of the class of 1998.

Ronald A. Joyce '73
Slingerlands, NY

A Colgate legend, Ron Joyce has a storied history with Colgate. Now senior vice president for external affairs at the Albany Medical Center, Ron worked at Colgate for more than 20 years, culminating as vice president for public affairs from 1988 to 1995. Ron majored in sociology and anthropology, played basketball, was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and was head resident advisor. His undergraduate career was interrupted by a tour of duty with the Marines in Vietnam. Ron stayed on campus following graduation to work with the Fraternity Management Association, then moved on to the development office, first with the annual fund. After a stint at Grinnell College, Ron returned to Colgate as director of planned giving and soon became director of development. Ron oversaw two capital campaigns during his tenure and may well know more Colgate people, on and beyond campus, than anyone else. Even as a member of the staff, Ron volunteered for alma mater -- he was a member of his 25th reunion gift committee, is active on the planning committee and is a class agent. He has a keen interest in athletics, has supported students for admission and was awarded the Maroon Citation in 1988.

Gordon P. Miller '56
Orford, NH

Educator, entrepreneur and camp director Gordon Miller has followed up his remarkable undergraduate days with an equally outstanding professional career. Gordon majored in English and physical education, was a George Cobb Fellow and vice president of Phi Gamma Delta. A member of Maroon Key and Konosioni, Gordon wrote for the Maroon sports pages, played varsity soccer, was wrestling champ as a junior and two-time boxing champ. Active in ROTC, he graduated as a commissioned 2nd Lt. in the Air Force, where he served for four years. Gordon earned his masters at Colgate and an Ed.D. from Columbia. After several years of teaching and coaching, Gordon became program director with the College Entrance Examination Board. In 1978 he started his own management consulting business, Decision Training Systems. He is also the owner and director of Camp Moosilauke for Boys. Gordon is the 45th reunion gift chair for his class and has been an effective fundraiser. He is a member of the Presidents' Club Membership Committee and the Annual Fund Executive Committee. He has also facilitated strategic planning for the development office and conducted workshops for the Division of University Relations. Long active with career services, Gordon gave the keynote address at Real World 2000. Colgate relatives include son Kenneth '82, daughters Sabina Miller McMahon '84, Ingrid Miller Hale '89, daughter-in-law Anne Hershberger Miller '84 and sons-in-law William McMahon '86 and David Hale '84.

Regional Vice President - Upstate NY
James E. Himoff '65
Brant Lake, NY

Jim Himoff's career as a deal maker and international financier has given way, for the most part, to the joys of running a summer camp for girls, his beloved Point O' Pines. It was there he hosted his classmates for a four-day reunion in 1997. Jim has been a member of the Alumni Corporation Board of Directors since 1998 (completing an unfulfilled term) and serves as chair of the Admission and Student Aid Committee. An active fundraiser since 1970, Jim is his class gift chair and has served in leadership positions during a number of campaigns beginning with ERA. Jim was instrumental in the creation of the Wm. Brian Little '64 Fitness Center and, with the Class of 1995 and his son Brandon '95, the Oak Drive entranceway. In addition to hosting the special '65 reunion in the Adirondacks, Jim has served on the reunion program committee since 1990. Jim was awarded the Maroon Citation in 2000.

Top of page
Table of contents
<<Previous: "Letters"