The Colgate Scene
March 2003

Colgate University Alumni Corporation
2004 Board of Directors Election

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 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 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

Era I
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 '58, son 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.

Era II

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.

Era IV

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.

Era V

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.

Era VI

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.

At Large

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.

At Large

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

RVP Midwest

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.

RVP Mid-Atlantic

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.

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