The Colgate Alumni Corporation comprises everyone who has
successfully completed at least one semester at the university 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,
executive secretary, 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 & 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 2003; 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 to the board's executive
secretary, RuthAnn Loveless MA'72, 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, 2004, 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 5.
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
S. Gordon Brummer '55
Gordon Brummer is a member of the reunion gift committee and planned giving
committee and is a Presidents' Club class agent. His service to Colgate has
been lengthy and multi-faceted, including admission work as well as
fundraising, and was recognized with a Maroon Citation in 1976. Gordon
graduated cum laude with honors in psychology and was a member of Phi Gamma
Delta. An Army veteran, he earned his masters at Columbia. Gordon paved the way
at Colgate for a host of family members, beginning with his brother Russell
Andrew '85, daughter-in-law Anne Whiteman '85, daughter Amy '92, and niece
Amanda '96. Retired as a vice president from AT&T, Gordon is active on
several corporation boards and within his community. He has been involved in
education and his church, in addition to other civic work.
L. Garner Simmons '65
For almost a decade, Garner Simmons has kept his classmates informed with his
lively class news column in the Colgate Scene. A writer, producer, and director
for Equuleus Productions, Inc., he has had a long career in movies and
television. He spoke about his experiences in a Reunion College class in 2000.
He has also worked for admission, been a class agent since 1991 and offers
career advice to undergraduates. He has supported the arts at Colgate and the
Thomas M. Wilson '69 Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Garner is a member of the
writers guilds of America and Canada and the Academy of Arts & Sciences. As
an undergraduate, he majored in English and was
an active member of WRCU. Garner's son, Ryan, graduated in 1998.
James A. Smith '70
Jim Smith is one of the nation's leading philanthropic experts. On leave from
his position as special adviser to the president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, he
is serving this year as the Waldemar A. Nielson Professor of philanthropy at
Georgetown's Public Policy Institute/Center for Public and Nonprofit
Leadership. An Alumni Memorial and Austen Colgate Scholar, Jim concentrated in
history. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, served in the student senate and was
a member of the London study group in history. As an alumnus, he has served as
a class agent, on the reunion gift committee, and as co-chair of the program
committee. He has been active with the Presidents' Club and the regional
campaign committee and is the class president. Jim's nephew, Jonathan A. Smith,
is a member of the Class of 2007.
Robert M. Smoler '79
Bob Smoler is an active volunteer. As chair of the Presidents' Club, he oversaw
a dramatic increase in membership. He works on campuswide diversity initiatives
and has participated in career service activities. As an undergraduate, Bob,
who majored in economics, was a member of Konosioni and Phi Delta Theta, a Big
Brother/Big Sister coordinator, vice president of the IFC, an admission tour
guide, and played baseball. In 1993, he established the Smoler Family Diversity
Awareness Fund and the Matthew Smoler '89 Endowed Scholarship honoring his late
brother. Bob spoke at the Scholarship Recognition Dinner and Senior Class Gift
kick-off dinner. Bob returned to school in order to teach math after a
successful career in healthcare. While with Oxford Health Plans, he hired
dozens of Colgate students. His son, Scott, is a member of the Class of 2007.
Roland M. Foster '86
An economics major, member of Kappa Delta Rho, and a defensive stalwart on the
great Fred Dunlap teams of the '80s, Roland Foster has applied his
determination and perseverance to his career and alumni
activities. The sales manager for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of New York, Roland
has found time to participate in Real World and a host of Alumni of Color
programs. He has been active in Alumni of Color career and graduate school
programs and has served as
a panelist for AOC's Living Dream Catchers, a three-year-old career mentoring
program for our students. In addition, he has been a contact for Career
Services in the business world.
Amy Satin Spinelli '93
Admission, fundraising, and the Women's Advisory Committee all appear on Amy
Spinelli's alumna resume. She has worked for admission since 1998, served as a
class agent, and has brought energy and organizational skills to WAC. Amy took
part in a pilot mentoring program that she helped launch and was the driving
force behind an alumnae entrepreneurs group that meets periodically for dinner.
Amy plays a key role on the WAC planning team and also spoke at a community
service event. Amy, who is at home after a career with Learn Technologies, was
a philosophy major, was elected
to Phi Beta Kappa and Konosioni, and graduated summa cum laude with high honors
in Asian studies.
Lisa K. Millman '96
Lisa Millman began volunteering for admission as soon as she moved to New York,
attending college fairs and conducting interviews with aspiring Colgate
students. In 1998 she became the admission chair and now coordinates the
efforts of more than 150 volunteers. In addition to arranging interviews,
making sure that events are staffed, and giving applicants special attention,
Lisa organizes receptions and the annual yield party. She is also active with
the Women's Advisory Committee. As an undergraduate, she majored in political
science and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Today, Lisa is a senior
development officer with NYU's Stern School of Business. Her brother, David, is
a member of the Class of 2003.
Patti Takas Nozell '81
A busy mother of three, Patti Nozell finds time to volunteer for Colgate and
her community. She has worked on behalf of admission since 1993 and is a
longtime class agent who has chaired the class gift committee since 2001. Patti
has volunteered with the district alumni club and served as class editor for
nearly 10 years. Now a retired lawyer, Patti graduated summa cum laude in
philosophy and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She was also active in student
government before earning her J.D. from Cornell Law School. She is the founding
president of the Ithaca Community Fine Arts Booster Group and is active on
education boards. Patti's husband and classmate, John, is a past member of the
Alumni Corporation Board of Directors.
Craig M. Ferguson '59
Craig Ferguson has been a volunteer since graduation, with a proven track
record as a fundraiser. He has chaired his reunion gift effort, served on
campaign committees and the Presidents' Club Membership Committee, and is now
the chairman of the Planned Giv-ing Committee. As an undergraduate, Craig
majored in Spanish, was a member of KDR and the outing club, and was commodore
of the sailing club.
He also served on the orientation staff and President's Committee. He is the
retired founder and president of Craig M. Ferguson Company Inc., an insurance
brokerage firm. Craig's daughter Anne Ferguson Foster graduated in 1988. His
son, Bruce S. Ferguson, is a member of the Class of 1991, and a great-nephew,
Bruce W. Ferguson, is a member of the Class of 2004.
In addition to the nine elected Alumni Corporation officers, two regional vice
presidents will be officially appointed by the Alumni Corporation Board of
Directors at their spring meeting.
Regional vice presidents
Michael F. Petersen '77
Michael Petersen has served in a number of capacities while maintaining a busy
professional life and doing community outreach. He has been the reunion class
gift chair and the chairman of his class reunion program committee. He has
worked for admission, been a class agent, and served
as a board member of the Chicago Alumni Club. A history major as an
undergraduate, Michael was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He is the president of
Petersen Aluminum Corporation and sits on national and international industry
boards. He is also president of Good News Community Kitchen, an organization
that serves 55,000 meals annually to Chicago's impoverished.
Michael F. Morrone '68
The father of three Colgate graduates, Mike Marrone is also a busy alumnus. He
is a class agent, a Presidents' Club regional board member, was active in the
Campaign for Colgate, has been
a staunch Annual Fund volunteer, and participated in the Parent to Parent
calling program. A lawyer and partner with Keller and Heckman LLP, Mike
graduated with honors in history and was a vice president of Delta Upsilon. He
served in the student senate, was active in both the history club and Newman
Community, and was a two-year member of the Colgate Course Evaluation
Committee. He has been published in the Georgetown Journal
of International Law. His son, Michael, graduated in 1997, followed by Peter in
1999, and Michelle in 2002.