The Colgate Scene
March 2006

Colgate University Alumni Corporation
2006 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, Advancement, Athletics, Awards, Career Services, 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 2005; 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 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, 2006, 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 3.

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 1962

Peter A. Sears '60

Peter Sears is venture director at Quaker BioVentures, Inc., located in Philadelphia, and for many years was an adjunct professor at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell. He has served on a number of regional, national, and international boards. He has been a member of the Philadelphia, American, and International bar associations, and was a director on the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce board. He earned his JD from Harvard in 1963, and was a history/political science major at Colgate. Peter is a member of Phi Tau, and was a frequent name on the Dean's List. He was a member of the marching band, the Washington Study Group, Maroon Key, the Colgate Maroon, Konosioni, and the Campus Movie Association. Peter has worked as a campaign volunteer for Colgate. His son is William Sears '88.

Era II

Edward A. Ryan '67

Attorney Edward Ryan works for AT&T in New Jersey. A philosophy major while at Colgate, he earned his JD from George Washington University in 1973. His service includes Colgate Scene class editor, volunteering as a board member for his district alumni club, and participating in the Lawyers Campaign Committee. He has also served as a class secretary and admission volunteer, and has been a class agent and reunion gift committee member. While at Colgate, he was involved with WRCU, Konosioni, and Maroon Key. He played basketball and was the co-captain of the baseball team. Ed was a War Memorial and a General Motors scholar. Several of Ed's cousins attended Colgate, including Benjamin Kuckel Jr. '63, Dan Stuart '75, Tim Alexander '98, and Bill Rietz '98.


William H. Freeborn Jr. '76

William Freeborn Jr. is the principal and founder of SHORE Acquisitions & Restorations. He also serves as advisor and consultant with Corporation Service Company after several years in leadership roles there. A past Wilmington, Del., city councilman, he has served on a variety of boards and community organizations. A former trustee of Goldey-Beacom College, Bill earned a degree from the Kennedy School of Government in 1988, and in 1998 completed the executive program in finance at Stanford University. The Presidents' Club committee chairman, he has served on class and reunion gift committees, has been a career services adviser and admission volunteer, and received the Class Agent High Achievement Award. A member of Delta Upsilon, Intrafraternity Council, and the London Economics Study Group, he played football, lacrosse, and rugby at Colgate.

Era IV

Christine J. Chao '86

As chair of her class's reunion gift committee this year, Christine Chao is drawing from previous volunteer fundraising experiences as class gift committee chair and member of a Campaign Colgate regional campaign committee; she received the Class Agent Excellence Award twice. Christine has also been an admission volunteer and career adviser. In her student years, she majored in English and was president of Konosioni and the Asian Society. Social chair of Gamma Phi Beta, she went on the China Study Group, and was a Big Sister, tour guide, and member of the senior class council. A graduate of Columbia University Law School and corporate attorney with experience in the United States, England, and Hong Kong, she serves as counsel to GE Commercial Aviation Services LLC. Her husband is classmate James Shaver Jr. '86, and two of her cousins are John Hsu '86 and Cynthia Tsai '93.

Era V

Kathleen A. Dill '89

Kathleen Dill has volunteered for her local alumni club and the admissions office, and has served six years on her class gift committee. She has participated in the Alumni of Color organization's Dream Catchers program and is a career services contact at her firm, Lehman Brothers Inc., where she is currently a vice president. Kathleen is also a member of the Women's Advisory Committee. A member of Delta Sigma Epsilon sorority as a student, she majored in English and spent a semester on the London English Study Group.

Era VI

Andrew W. Rome '99

Recipient of the Ann Yao '80 Memorial Young Alumni Award, Andrew Rome is president of the Washington, D.C. Alumni Club and has served as a class agent, admission volunteer, and reunion co-chair. Andy has participated in Real World and volunteered for career services, including placing 19 Colgate graduates with Accenture LLP, where he is an organization and human performance consultant. He has hosted and coordinated Sophomore-Year Experience trips to Washington, D.C. As a student, he majored in political science and was a member of student government, Colgate Jewish Union, Judicial Board, and Konosioni. A head admission tour guide, he worked in residential life and went on the Washington, D.C. Study Group. A Charles A. Dana Scholar, he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha and graduated magna cum laude.


Devon M. Skerritt '00

Devon Skerritt is a community development coordinator for the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He earned a master's degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania. As a student, Devon participated on the Student Activities Board and with CUTV, and was class president and a member of student government, Konosioni, and the London History Study Group. He was a Charles A. Dana Scholar and an admission tour guide, and was honored with the Class of 1997 Award. Currently, Devon volunteers for admission and is president of his class. Past president of his district alumni club, he was his class's first Scene class editor and received the Ann Yao '80 Memorial Young Alumni Award.

At Large

Jung Pak '96

As senior class president, Jung Pak helped to coordinate and implement the inaugural Real World program in 1996. An active undergraduate leader who majored in history, she also chaired the Colgate Community Action Council, was president of Phi Eta Sigma, inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and served on the residential life staff. As an alumna, she has continued as a leader, as class president, program committee chair for her 5th and 10th Reunions, Alumni of Color board member and Dream Catchers participant, panel chair/moderator and discussant at last fall's Women's Summit, and Spectrum participant. She has also volunteered for career services and admission and participated in an alumni of color focus group. Jung just completed a PhD in history at Columbia University.

At Large

Tracy R. Tanner '00

Tracy Tanner is a consultant in Boston for Towers Perrin, Inc., a management consulting firm. An economics and sociology/anthropology major while at Colgate, Tracy earned her MBA from Boston University in 2005. A recipient of the Ann Yao '80 Memorial Young Alumni Award, she has served as president of her district alumni club, is an admission volunteer, and has been a class agent. While at Colgate, she was a member of student government, Konosioni, and the senior class gift committee and founded the Colgate University chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She participated in the spring 1999 London Economics Study Group and Volunteer Colgate.

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, Southeast

Howard E. Sutliff '50

Recipient of the Maroon Citation, Howard Sutliff serves Colgate as president of the Treasure Coast Alumni Club, admission volunteer, and class agent. A Kappa Delta Rho member and natural sciences major, Howard was inducted into Alpha Chi Sigma honorary chemistry society, and was a member of the marching band. A retired superintendent of schools, Howard spent 40 years in public education as a teacher and administrator. He has served on several state education boards and the SAT Scholarship Committee and chaired the Middle States accreditation commission for 15 years. A member of Phi Delta Kappa and the Elks Club Lodge, he has spent 18 years with Rotary, where he is past president.

RVP, Southwest

Stephen W. Solomon '76, MAT'78

Among his varied service to Colgate, Stephen Solomon has been a board member of his district alumni club, a class agent, and served on his class's reunion gift committee twice, including chairing the effort for his 10th Reunion. Based in London, where he has been an executive at Chase and Citibank, Stephen has sponsored many Colgate students for internships during their study group experiences there. He is currently operations director for AGA Partner Limited. In his student years, he majored in international relations and French, attended the Dijon Study Group, joined Phi Gamma Delta, and served as a head resident. Having also obtained his master of arts in teaching/social studies from Colgate, he served as an adviser for the Advanced Placement summer session.

RVP, Far West

Christopher M. Schweighart '97

Christopher Schweighart is a teacher and administrator for The Grauer School, a private college preparatory day school in California. In 2005, he was named Teacher of the Year in the Encinitas School District. He attends San Diego State University, where he is working toward his MBA. A Sigma Chi, he was also a member of the Newman Community and played on the baseball and soccer teams while at Colgate. Chris was a Spanish major and was awarded the Hathaway Award for Research in Spanish Literature. He is president of the San Diego District Alumni Club and has been an admission volunteer and participant in the Real World program.

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