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Your alumni board:
An introduction and overview
Harrison Miller '67, Alumni Association President
guess that while some Skidmore graduates know there is an alumni board
of directors, far fewer know what the board does. So here is a brief primer. First,
every Skidmore graduate is a member of the alumni associationsome
25,000 strong and growing. The alumni association is led by its board of directors,
which has adopted the following mission statement (revised in fall 1999):
The mission of
the Skidmore College Alumni Association Board of Directors is to govern the association,
facilitate the implementation of its vision statement, and define the goals and
objectives that will enhance the image, quality, and reputation of Skidmore College.
The Skidmore College
Alumni Board is the primary representative body for all alumni and acts as an
advocate for alumni opinions and needs. The board facilitates alumni volunteer
recruitment and encourages the involvement of alumni with diverse talents in a
variety of activities. The board assists the Skidmore College Board of Trustees,
Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, Skidmore College faculty, and other
partners to strengthen the Colleges relationship with alumni. The board
is a leader in alumni program development and in the fundraising and development
efforts of the College.
The alumni board
has 21 members, currently ranging from the Class of 1952 up to the Class of 1997.
Two of the members are students. Four members,
plus the board president, are also members of Skidmores board of trustees.
(Incidentally, in a close comparison of the boards of similar institutions, we
found that Skidmore is virtually unique in having joint alumni-trustee positions.)
Each year new
board members are selected through a process that begins with a call for nominations
from the entire alumni body. The nine-member Nominating Committee carefully reviews
the credentials of those nominated, selects a slate of candidates for the open
positions, and presents the slate to the board for approval.
The board formally
meets three times a year in Saratoga: in the fall, winter, and spring. Many board
members also come to reunions and commencements.
At present, five
alumni-board working groupsoutreach, giving/ developing a fundraising culture,
volunteer development, strengthening the role and identity of the alumni board,
and board effectivenessare developing projects such as an official welcome
to the alumni association for graduating seniors, helping various groups and clubs
(e.g., the Sonneteers, nursing majors, athletic teams) to prepare mini-reunions,
and other activities and services.
We always welcome
comments from alumni: please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or write to the board c/o Alumni Affairs Office, Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway,
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
for future alumni-board columns detailing particular projects and other news.