The Colgate Scene
March 2005

Colgate University Alumni Corporation
2005 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, 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 2004; 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 MA'72, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346. Any alumnus or alumna 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, 2005, accompanied by a current résumé 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 4.

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

Kenneth S. Hillyer '49

Ken Hillyer's efforts on behalf of Colgate were recognized in 1989 when he was presented with the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service. Noting his "valued service," the award highlighted Ken's more than 40 years as an alumni leader for fundraising and reunions. He hasn't rested on his laurels. His Class of '49 mini-reunions during the fall are always popular and he is a member in perpetuity of the Presidents' Club. An Army veteran and retired vice president of Sedgwick, James, and Marsh McLennen companies, Ken is widely lauded for his illustrious career in insurance. Ken has also continued to share his wealth of knowledge as an adviser to the Planned Giving Committee, a group that he once chaired. He can also compare Colgate perspectives with granddaughter Alexandra Emslie, a member of the Class of 2007. Ken concentrated in German as an undergraduate. He was an officer of Alpha Tau Omega and a member of the Marching and Chowder Club, Masque and Triangle, and the Lecture Series. He also played tennis.


Era II
1958-1969

Lee Woltman '65

Lee Woltman lives adjacent to campus and his ties to his alma mater are even closer. After a stint as a professional football player and work with the Chamber of Commerce in his native Massachusetts, Lee returned to Colgate in 1968 and has been a pillar of the community ever since. At Colgate, he was the director of development, stressing teamwork and building relationships. Today he is an investment adviser with Hamilton Management Corp., and a tireless volunteer, serving his class and his fraternity, Delta Upsilon. Lee has been a member of class reunion gift and program committees, chairing both over the years. He is also a class agent, a regional campaign co-chair and former Presidents' Club officer. He has been the treasurer and a director of the DU alumni corporation since 1973 and is a past member of the Silver Puck Board of Directors. As an undergraduate, Lee majored in economics and was a member of DU, Maroon Key, and Konosioni. He played baseball and football and captained the 1964 team. Lee was awarded a Maroon Citation in 1985.


Era III
1970-1976

Julia B. Bergeron '75

Julie Bergeron graduated with honors in geography and was a four-year member of the swim team. She served as a resident adviser as a junior and studied public policy while on the Washington Study Group. Julie earned her MBA from the Yale School of Management, then spent 10 years with Consolidated Rail Corporation involved in marketing, sales, and customer service. Since moving to Vermont 15 years ago, she has been an at-home mom raising four boys. Despite those obvious demands, Julie has hosted alumni events, volunteered with the Northern Vermont Alumni Club, and has been a class agent. She was a member of the reunion gift committee five years ago and is chairing this year's reunion program committee. Julie is also an admission alumni chair.


Era IV
1977-1982

Dr. Robin I. Gottesman '78

Robin Gottesman is the mother of three, a physician, and volunteer with a broad range of interests. An admission alumni chair, class agent, and member of the Women's Advisory Committee, Robin was recognized for her service in 2003 with a Maroon Citation. She has also established the John T. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship and the Award for Excellence in Science and Athletics and is helping plan and fund an annual trip to the Holocaust Museum and other sites so that students can explore issues of tolerance. A brilliant student, Robin was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, graduated magna cum laude with honors in biology, and was a member of Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honor society. She was a member of the women's basketball team and worked as an athletic trainer. Today, Robin is a radiologist with Tri-County MRI and Diagnostic in Chatham, NJ. Her daughter Kate Levine is a member of the Class of 2005.


Era V
1983-1988

Christine Cronin Gallagher '83

Christine Cronin Gallagher, while an undergraduate, was a member of the London Economics Study Group, worked on the Salmagundi, served as a tour guide, and was a member of the senior class council. She was also a member of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and won a Charles A. Dana Award. She received her MBA from the Stern Graduate School of Business at NYU. Christine is now a managing director with CE Unterberg Towbin in New York City. She began her career doing medical research at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Institute and has combined her knowledge of life sciences and health care with an expertise in investment banking. A veteran recruiter on campus, Christine has been an active Career Services volunteer, speaking on campus, advising students, and sponsoring internships. She has served as a class agent and been a member of the Presidents' Club Membership Committee. As a panelist at Colgate's first biotechnology conference in Boston, Christine spoke on business opportunities within the sciences.


Era VI
1989-1994

Kelly Lehmann Johnson '94

Kelly Lehmann Johnson has been an active volunteer, serving in important leadership positions. She and her husband (and classmate) Robert are co-presidents of the Dallas Alumni Club and routinely plan four or five events a year. Kelly has been involved in admission work since graduation and is now an admission alumni chair. She has also been a class agent and was a participant in Real World 2004. As an undergraduate, Kelly, who majored in mathematics, was a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams and Gamma Phi Beta. She was involved with CUTV and active with Volunteer Colgate. She was a member of Konosioni as a senior. A former high school teacher, Kelly is now at home with the couple's two small children.


Era VII
1995-2004

John M. Bonhomme '00

John Bonhomme, after nearly five years with Goldman Sachs, has been traveling — Greece, Brazil, and Africa — and has returned to school, taking business courses at the University of Pennsylvania. He is involved with the city's A Better Chance program, mentoring inner city students. While at Colgate, John majored in philosophy and religion with a minor in sociology and anthropology. He won the M. Holmes Hartshorne Memorial Award and was a member of Konosioni and student government. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude with honors in philosophy and religion. A member of University Studies (OUS) as an undergraduate, John is a member of the Presidents' Club Membership Committee and the Alumni of Color Board. He was a Career Services Finance Seminar panelist and participated in Dream Catchers, a career mentoring program.


At Large

Scott O. Baldwin '58

Scott Baldwin follows in the footsteps of his father, Charles '28, who also served on the alumni board. Scott, who is named after two Colgate men, concentrated in English as an undergraduate. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and the sailing club, was a sailing instructor, and served on the Banter staff. During his professional life he has worked in steel, oil, and computers. He is a retired principal with Leigh Baldwin & Co, LLC, a financial services business started by son Leigh '83 in nearby Cazenovia. Scott has served on his reunion gift committee and is a class gift chair. He has been a campaign volunteer, served as a Career Services adviser and sponsored January internships and summer positions. Having seen Colgate as a son, father, student, and alumnus, Scott brings conviction and understanding to his role as a volunteer.


At Large

Sarah Treffinger Latson '99

Sarah Latson was presented the Ann Yao '80 Memorial Young Alumni Award last year in recognition of her service to Colgate. She began volunteering as a senior when she was class gift chair and helped establish a scholarship honoring three deceased classmates. She has continued to fundraise on behalf of her alma mater while adding other duties. Sarah is president of the Colgate Club of Cleveland, an admission alumni chair and chaired the fifth reunion gift committee. As an undergraduate, she was a fixture on the Maroon-News staff and became a respected and admired editor. Sarah was a member of the Geneva Study Group, served as a tour guide, and was elected to Konosioni. After graduating with high honors in history and a minor in political science, she earned a master's in journalism at Columbia and is now a reporter with the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Sarah is married to classmate Larry Latson.

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, Metro I

Karl B. Stewart '91

Karl Stewart's undergraduate career was marked by high achievement and memorable performances. His stage presence ignited theater and dance productions for four years. He was a stalwart of both University Theater and student production organizations, a member of Kuumba Dance Troupe, and active in Creative Arts House. Karl, who majored in mathematics, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also found time to be involved in student government. As an alumnus, Karl has returned to campus to put on plays. He is a class agent, an active Career Services volunteer, and PAL Mentor and participates in Dream Catchers. Karl is an executive assistant with MTV Networks, working in the Learning and Development division.


RVP, Upstate New York

Dr. Ronald Schaupp '56

Ron Schaupp, a retired radiologist, returned to Hamilton in 2000 and is participating in both campus and community events. Keeping active is nothing new for Ron, who has maintained quite a pace for Colgate, beginning as an undergraduate. He concentrated in zoology and participated in student government, swimming, Banter, and German Club. He was a member of Lambda Chi, Maroon Key, and the Glee Club and was an officer with Masque and Triangle. Following graduation, he served with the Navy Medical Corps and is a retired Army colonel. As an alumnus, Ron has served two terms as president of the Watertown (NY) Alumni Club and served on the Regional Campaign Committee and the Reunion Gift Committee. He is the Class of '56 reunion yearbook editor and is a class agent.

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