The Colgate Scene
March 2008

2008 Colgate Alumni Council Election

What is the Alumni Council?

The 55-member council manages the Colgate Alumni Corporation, comprising everyone who has successfully completed at least one semester at the university and whose class has graduated.

This distinguished volunteer council is composed of a diverse and talented group of alumni dedicated to providing leadership and engagement in advancing Colgate and its mission. The council fosters a broad range of connections among alumni, and between alumni and the university. The council also serves in an advisory role to the president, the Board of Trustees, and key faculty and staff.

How are council members nominated?

Each year, nine new council members are elected to four-year terms. Seven candidates represent class years from 1929 to 2007; each era includes one-seventh of the total number of living alumni. In addition, two at-large directors are elected each year.

Last July, the council requested nominations for alumni with varied Colgate volunteer service, a demonstrated commitment to Colgate over time, meaningful personal or professional accomplishments or contributions to the greater community, a readiness and willingness to become more involved on behalf of the university, and a consistent history of giving financial support to Colgate.

Anyone may submit nominations by writing to the council's executive secretary, RuthAnn Loveless MA'72, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, N.Y. 13346, or to a member of the council's Nominations Committee. Names submitted before the council's January meeting will be considered for nomination that academic year.

The Nominations Committee identifies and, with council approval, nominates the candidates presented here at its January meeting, for election at reunion. Over two meetings, the committee completed its work, considering more than 300 nominations for the nine available positions, and put forth for election the following slate.

How does the election work?

If there is no challenge for a position, the executive secretary is empowered by the Bylaws, Article VI, Section 3(e), to cast a unanimous vote for the unchallenged nominee or nominees listed here; however, the Bylaws allow this slate to be challenged by petition. To challenge a candidate, 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, 2008, accompanied by a current résumé and the consent of the challenger to be nominated. If any such petition is received, a ballot listing all nominees and challengers will be sent to alumni in April. Elections will be held at the annual meeting in Hamilton on Saturday, May 31. Therefore, no ballot is included with this announcement. If there is a contest, ballots will be provided.

Alumni Council Nominees

Era I
Up to 1962

Peter W. Rakov '54

A retired marketing and economic development executive, Peter Rakov's professional career includes employment with IBM, EG & G Rotron, and the Ulster County Development Corporation. An English major, he was a member of Theta Chi, the pep band, marching band, Masque & Triangle, Newman Club, and the Maroon. Rakov has served on the board of his regional alumni club, as president of his class, and as a campaign volunteer. He is class editor for the Colgate Scene. He has been both a member and chair of his class gift committee, reunion gift committee, and reunion program committee. In 1994, he was awarded a Maroon Citation. He has served on the boards of several organizations in his community, including Ulster County Cerebral Palsy and Woodstock Playhouse. His daughter is Sarah Rakov DiCaprio '93.


Era II
1963-1973

A. Paul Bradley Jr. '67, MA'68

A. Paul Bradley Jr. is the president of The Bradley Group Inc., consultants to senior management. A geography major, he was on the Dean's List his junior and senior years, and was a member of Kappa Delta Rho. A member of the football, hockey, and baseball teams, he also participated in glee club, chapel choir, the Colgate Thirteen, WRCU, university chorus, and Maroon Key, and was the president of Konosioni. Bradley is a past president of his regional alumni club, and has been a campaign volunteer, an admission worker, and active with the Thirteen alumni group. He has participated on his class gift committee and in Real World. He has served on several corporate and community organization boards, including the Keuka College Board of Trustees and the American Heart Association.


Era III
1974-1980

Theresa Donahue Egler '77

Vice president and deputy general counsel for BASF Corporation in New Jersey, Theresa Donahue Egler is a charter member of the Alumnae Leadership Council. A 2007 Maroon Citation recipient, she has been vice chair, and is currently chair of, the Presidents' Club, and has served on the campaign executive committee, lawyers' campaign committee, her class gift committee, and campaign steering committee. She participated in the 2005 Women's Summit. While at Colgate, she was a charter member of the Women's Center, co-founder of the Colgate Recycling Program, a nature guide for Rogers Environmental Center, and a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer. Her husband is Alan C. Egler Jr. '79, and their daughters are Kelly '07, and Caitlin '11. Several other family members attended Colgate, including her sister Patricia Van Deventer '74.


Era IV
1981-1987

John B. Brennan '81

John "Jay" Brennan is a partner of the Bradbury Group in Greensboro, N.C. An English and economics major, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and the Student Government Association, of which he was vice president. Brennan was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and was also a Dana Scholar and a Cobb Fellow. He was a member of Konosioni and on the staff of the Maroon-News. Brennan has served for several years on his class gift committee, and has been a member of his reunion gift committee, where he served as co-chair and class gift chair. He was instrumental in supporting the creation of the Upstate Institute's Philanthropy Council.


Era V
1988-1993

Bruce C. Clayton '89

As an undergraduate, Bruce Clayton was a member of Phi Delta Theta, where he served as secretary, house manager, and scholarship chairman. He was also a member of the Geneva Study Group. As an alumnus, he has served as alumni president, alumni treasurer, alumni secretary, and Chapter Advisory Board chairman for the Phi Delta Theta Alumni Corporation (New York Zeta of Phi Delta Theta Corporation). He has also been active with the Alumni Inter-Fraternity/Sorority Council, serving as president from 2001 to 2005. He received the Colgate Greek Community Distinguished Alumni Award in April 2004. Clayton is the director of CLSA Asia-Pacific markets, international sales, for Calyon Securities (USA) Inc. in New York City. His wife is Julie P. Clayton '90.


Era VI
1994-1999

Scott P. Hoekman '98

Scott Hoekman recently created Wall & Main LLC, an investment firm. He also consults for Cornerstone Capital Partners, a private equity firm. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago. While an undergraduate, Hoekman was a member of the rugby club, the class gift committee, and the 'Gatekeeper Society. He was also a Maroon-News photographer, and participated in the Geneva Study Group and United Nations and European Union conferences. He has been an admission volunteer and co-chair of his class gift committee. Hoekman has also served as a Presidents' Club class chair, co-chair, and committee member.


Era VII
2000-2006

Christopher J. Wolyniak '01

Christopher Wolyniak, who holds a PhD from Cornell University, is a senior research scientist for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. A chemistry major, he was awarded the McGregory Fellowship and the Edwin Foster Kingsbury Prize. He was also a chemistry tutor, and served as an admission tour guide and on the university orientation staff as a Link. He participated in concert orchestra, marching band, pep band, and student musical theater. He was a member of Phi Eta Sigma and the Newman Community board, where he served as treasurer. Wolyniak has been an admission worker and Real World participant. He served as vice chair for his senior class gift committee and as a member of his class gift committee. Three of his siblings, Michael Wolyniak '98, Brian Wolyniak '03, and Elizabeth Wolyniak '05, also attended Colgate.


At Large

Linda J. Havlin '72

Linda Havlin majored in social relations, making the Dean's List her senior year. She has served on the parents' development committee of the Society of Families Steering Committee. A charter member of the Alumnae Leadership Council, Havlin has also been a January internship sponsor and served on her class gift committee. She earned her master's in management from the Kellogg School, Northwestern University, and completed the executive program in health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is the global leader for knowledge management and intellectual capital, health and benefits practice, for Mercer, and has served on the boards of several community organizations. Her son, Todd Boulis, is a sophomore at Colgate.


At Large

Juan P. Flores '80

Juan Flores is a doctoral student in leadership studies at the University of Portland, where he earned his MEd. Previously, he was superintendent of education for the Guam Department of Education, dean of students at Academy of the Pacific, a program specialist at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, an elementary school principal, and a high school teacher. A biology major while at Colgate, he participated in campus publications. As a graduate, he has served as a Reunion College presenter and as an admission worker. He has been a member of his class gift committee and is a past chair of his class reunion program committee. In 1990, he was awarded a Maroon Citation.

In addition to the nine elected Alumni Council officers, the regional vice presidents will be officially appointed by the Alumni Council at its spring meeting.

Regional vice presidents

RVP, Midwest

John W. Hoagland '78

A history major, John Hoagland is the vice president of sales for Mercury Marine. He was class president and business manager of the Salmagundi. He played golf and was a member of the Student Senate and Delta Kappa Epsilon. Hoagland is a past secretary of his regional alumni club and has served as chair for his reunion gift committee and class gift committee. He served on the Annual Fund executive committee as well as the Presidents' Club committee and is a member of the Maroon Council. In 1998, he was awarded a Maroon Citation. His father, James Hoagland '44, and his brother, James Hoagland Jr. '71, also attended Colgate.


RVP, Mid-Atlantic

Sarah J. Compter '04

Sarah Compter is an assistant vice president and commercial banking relationship manager for M&T Bank. As an undergraduate, she majored in religion and was a member of Delta Delta Delta, serving as recruitment chair, and Gamma Sigma Alpha. She participated in the equestrian club and on the Panhellenic Council, of which she was president in 2003. Compter was editor-in-chief of the Maroon-News. She has been president of her regional alumni club, served on her class gift and senior class gift committees, and served this past year on the Alumni Council, fulfilling an unexpired term. Her father is Kenneth Compter '75.

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