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
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,
technology and communications 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 2001; each era includes one-seventh of the
total number of living alumni. In addition, two at-large directors are elected
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 open 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, 2002, 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 1.
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.
Board of Directors Nominees
Up to 1957
Richard H. Leonard '57
A distinguished international financier, Dick Leonard is now an educator with a
global reach. He is a former president of the London Alumni Club, served as an
alumni admission chair in Hong Kong and as a career services volunteer has
helped graduates find jobs in the Far East. He has opened his home for
admission events and served as a Parent to Parent caller while his son Preston
'99 was an undergraduate.
Dick majored in political science, was a member of Theta Chi and the
International Relations Club and Sailing Club while also playing lacrosse and a
year of football.
Vaughn Carney '68
Essex Junction, Vt.
Fulfilling an unexpired term, Vaughn Carney has been an active fundraiser,
career services volunteer and campus lecturer. Vaughn is chief counsel for
aircraft finance at Bombardier Capital. A Harvard Law School graduate and a
corporate attorney with a distinguished career, Vaughn is also a writer who
serves as a contributor to the Op-Ed page of The Chicago Tribune and
whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Village
Voice and The Times of London. His second novel, Straw Man,
was a finalist for the Heekin Foundation Prize for Fiction.
Vaughn was Class Day speaker in 1992, was executive in residence and spoke to
first-years as part of the orientation program. He is a member of several legal
organizations, international committees and community groups.
Michael S. Smith '76
An Alumni of Color board member and chairman for the Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
'30 Scholarship, Michael Smith has maintained close ties to alma mater.
Concentrating in social relations, Michael was a member of the Student
Association, Barbados Study Group and Union of Minority Folk. He is a vice
president with Kemper Insurance Co., is a recipient of the Kemper Salute Award
for "exceptional effort" and sits on several professional boards, including the
YMCA's Black Achiever's Program.
Michael helped establish the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. '30 Scholarship in 1997
to provide financial assistance to one or more students with preference given
to those from a background historically underrepresented on campus and who have
demonstrated service to community. The first scholarship was awarded in 2001.
He served as the keynote speaker at that year's Scholarship Recognition
Duncan L. Niederauer '81
Duncan Niederauer is a board member of the Northern New Jersey Alumni Club, has
hosted student send-off parties at his home and chaired the committee to
solicit young alumni in the financial industry during the last Colgate
campaign. He is also a member of the Presidents' Club Membership Committee.
Duncan, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, was an active undergraduate.
Majoring in economics, Duncan was a cum laude graduate and elected to
Omicron Delta Epsilon. Among his interests were the Colgate News, the
marching band, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Hamilton Little League, where
he coached. It is the kind of diverse experience that has served Duncan well as
co-captain of Goldman Sachs' recruiting at Colgate.
Victoria A. Patacca '86
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
A driving force with the Cleveland Alumni Club, Vikki Patacca is in her second
stint as president. As an undergraduate she majored in mathematical economics,
was treasurer of Konosioni, a student senator, chair of the Campus Fund Drive,
president of BACCHUS, a Big Sister and advisor to the student activities
office. Vikki, who has had 12 years of experience in development and alumni
affairs at Case Western Reserve, has been an alumni admissions chair, a member
of regional Campaign Colgate committee and active with career services. She
also serves as a class agent and is a Maroon Citation recipient.
Tammy Tonucci McConnell '91
A fifth grade teacher, Tammy Tonucci McConnell traded a career in sales for the
classroom. As a student herself, Tammy earned high honors in her major,
international relations, while minoring in economics. She graduated summa
cum laude, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, served as a Link, was a Big
Sister and was active in intramurals. She was presented the 1819 Award,
reflecting her remarkable campus contributions.
Tammy, who is serving an unexpired term, has been the secretary of the
Northern New Jersey Alumni Club and is the admissions chair for that area. She
was a class agent for eight years, has participated in career seminars and was
a Real World panelist this year.
Brett A. Langbert '95
New York, N.Y.
Brett Langbert earned honors in political science and graduated cum
laude. He was a member of ATO and the Geneva Study Group, worked in
admission as a tour guide and senior interviewer, won a letter in tennis,
volunteered with sports information and served on the Student-Faculty Athletics
As an alumnus, Brett has been his class gift chair since 1996, is a class
agent and is head of the matching gift fund at Goldman Sachs, where he is a
vice president. He is also recruits Colgate students and has lectured several
times on campus about financial matters.
Brett and his father Carl '63 established the Langbert Family Scholarship. He
is engaged to Kristen Galloway '97 (daughter of Bill Galloway '62), and his
cousin is Mindy Morgenstern '01.
Edward C. Jones '64
Biff Jones has been the Class of '64 president since the last year of his
remarkable undergraduate career. A George Cobb Fellow, he majored in physical
science, was a member of Phi Gamma Delta, student government and Konosioni,
president of Maroon Key and chair of the Athletic Evaluation Committee and
Campus Fund Drive. He was also a Thirteener, played four years of football,
wrestled, played lacrosse and was the intramural shot put champion.
Biff served as the program chair for '64 during three reunions and is a
longtime member of the gift committee. He served as class editor after
graduation. An orthopaedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery of the
Cornell Medical Center, Biff also is an assistant professor of surgery and
Carolyn J.A. Swift '75
Carolyn Swift began working for Colgate as an undergraduate, when she helped
organize the senior class gift. Active with University Chorus and the
Maroon, Carolyn graduated cum laude with honors in philosophy.
She earned her law degree at Cornell and went on to receive a masters in law
and taxation from Georgetown University. She is the vice president and deputy
general counsel for Fannie Mae.
Carolyn has been the Class of '75 treasurer and a Scene class editor
since graduating. She was a member of the Reunion Gift Committee in 2000 and is
a class agent.
Regional vice presidents
Allan T. Bombard '75
Allan Bombard, medical director for women's health with Aetna Inc., has
maintained close Colgate ties. He was a member of the Chicago Alumni Club, a
founding member and former vice president of the New South Alumni Club and
former president of the Westchester Alumni Club. Allan is a member of the
Presidents' Club Membership Committee, was a volunteer during the Campaign for
Colgate and was a class agent for 20 years. He is a member of the Willow
Society and has supported the ATO Scholarship Fund and the biology department's
A biology major, Allan was news editor of the News, a member of
Konosioni and chair of the Cinematoste Film Society.
Deborah J. Enea '91
Deborah majored in art and art history and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She
worked as a photographer for the Colgate News, was a WRCU DJ, served on
the staff of the Portfolio and as a Link and was a docent in the Picker
Art Gallery. She was also a member of Konosioni.
A financial programs manager with Solarcom, Deborah was the president of the
Atlanta Alumni Club, which was named Club of the Year in 1999 and 2000 and won
the Sustained Excellence Award in 2001. Active with several community
organizations, Deborah is also an adjunct professor of art history at the Art
Institute of Atlanta.