The Colgate Scene
March 2002

Colgate University Alumni Corporation
2002 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, 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 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 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

Era I
Up to 1957

Richard H. Leonard '57
Princeton, N.J.

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.

Era II

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
Princeton, N.J.

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 Dinner.

Era IV

Duncan L. Niederauer '81
Bernardsville, N.J.

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.

Era V

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.

Era VI

Tammy Tonucci McConnell '91
Randolph, N.J.

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 Committee.

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.

At Large

Edward C. Jones '64
Greenwich, Conn.

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 public health.

At Large

Carolyn J.A. Swift '75
Washington, D.C.

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

Far west

Allan T. Bombard '75
Oakland, Calif.

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 Molecular Fund.

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
Roswell, Ga.

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.

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