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Fond farewell
Beverly Harrison Miller '67,
Alumni Association President


Hello…and good-bye. This summer I officially finish my second three-year term as president of the alumni association, and my successor is already making decisions that will affect all alumni.

Let me introduce our new president: Deborah Sehl Coons ’72. Many of you already know her, because she is a longtime volunteer who has covered the breadth and depth of alumni experience. A member of the Reunion Giving Advisory Committee in 1992, she went on to become a member of the alumni board, first as chair of reunion giving and more recently as awards-committee chair. That doesn’t include her work as a reunion volunteer, class president, alumni admissions correspondent, class fund chair, and FOP committee member, not to mention dynamic leader of the Skidmore club in Hartford, Conn., over the past two years.

Deb was a music and theater major, earned an MBA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is now a senior financial consultant for Mass Mutual Life Insurance. Her husband, Phil, works in Internet banking with Open Solutions. And daughter Katie (Colgate ’99) is at Berklee School of Music in Boston, working on her professional diploma in music performance.

When she’s not working for Mass Mutual or Skidmore, you can find Deb on the golf course, traveling, skiing, and watching the Red Sox or taking part in the family Fantasy Baseball League (she was in first place in early May, for exactly one week).

When I asked Deb what kept her coming back to Skidmore, this is what she said: “The vitality of academic rigor, the intellectual and scholastic environment, relationships with alums across generations, a positive energy throughout the campus, and being part of the college’s growth in prestige.”

Her initial leap into Skidmore volunteering was somewhat like mine: she was asked to be a committee member. She found the committee was a “happy mix of personalities and styles,” and she loved visiting campus each year for its meetings.

My warm congratulations to Deb. And my warm farewell to all alums—being the alumni association president has been a privilege. Actually, I’m not gone; I’ll go back to working for my class and for Skidmore’s Boston club). General MacArthur may have said “old soldiers just fade away,” but that will never be my role at Skidmore.