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Below are the names and statements of the candidates (both Alumni Council and petition candidates) for the two contested positions.
Era I: Up to 1965
Christopher "Kit" Smith '63 Biography (ERA I Alumni Council nominee)
A retired senior vice president with GE Asset Management, Inc., Christopher (“Kit”) Smith is currently an adjunct professor in the MBA program at the University of Connecticut. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history at Colgate and his MBA at Harvard. While at Colgate, he was captain of the track team, Secretary of Konosioni, Secretary of Kappa Delta Rho, and a member of Maroon Key, the cross-country team, and the indoor track team. In the decades since graduation, Smith has been a president and treasurer of the Fairfield County Alumni Club, an admission volunteer, and a career advisor. He serves on the Reunion gift committee, was a founder of the Colgate Track Association, and earned a Maroon Citation in 2003. A longtime member of the Presidents’ Club, Smith is the father of Timothy Smith ’90 and the father-in-law of Mrs. Beth M. Engler-Smith ’89 and Ben Swiggett ’75.
Colgate has been a very important part of my life since I first set foot on the campus in the fall of 1959. I received a superb education at Colgate. I was taught to keep an open mind, to think and to ask questions. This education prepared me for graduate school, for my subsequent career and for my life. Since graduation I have tried to give back to Colgate in whatever way I could in order to assure that others may receive the same educational opportunities that I received. Serving on the Colgate Alumni Council will be one more way to ensure others may receive this opportunity.
Doug Wilson '57 Biography
(ERA I petition candidate)
Leader of Colgate 13; Konosioni, Mu of
DKE, Masque & Triangle Club; board member Colgate 13 Alumni
Association; 50 years as a producer and director of ABC's Wide World of
Sports, recognized with 17 Emmys; Directors Guild of America Lifetime
Achievement Award in Sports; inductee U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame;
JFK Foundation Special Olympics Service Award; founder and president
Irvington Landmark Preservation; guest lecturer at Colgate, the Naval
War College, American University, among others. Doug helped
establish four scholarship funds at Colgate, helped several students
through the admissions process, and is a consistent donor to the
President's Club, and a regular Reunion attendee.
I will dedicate my service to my father, who served Colgate for more than 77 years including decades as head of student selection for Long Island. My dad was responsible for thousands of students attending Colgate. Colgate is in our family DNA. Nine Wilsons are alumni; my parents are buried at Colgate. I see a great future for our alma mater. She has evolved into a school that is superior to when I attended because of its diverse student body and international awareness. I am devoted to diversity of thought and to fulfilling my familial obligation of service to Colgate.
Era VII: 2004-2010
Bart Hale '04 Biography (ERA VII Alumni Council nominee)
Sean Devlin ’05 Biography (ERA VII petition candidate)
Bart Hale is the alumni relations manager in the development office at The Calhoun School in New York City. A political science major and George Cobb Fellow, Hale served as SGA president. At that post, he sat on governance boards including Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Campus Planning, ALANA Affairs and the Committee on Athletics. During his student years, he was also a deacon in University Church, member of Konosioni and senior intern in the admissions office. As an alumnus, he has continued to volunteer for admissions as well as the Center for Career Services. He has participated at Real World, is a current member of the Presidents’ Club Membership Committee, and serves as secretary on the board of Phi Delta Theta's Alumni Corporation. Hale is the brother of Jack Hale ’07.
Whether attending admissions events or helping seniors at Real World, I’m always moved by how Colgate alumni are fiercely loyal when it comes to our alma mater. That energy and allegiance we share is palpable—I’m excited about Alumni Council service because I want to foster those ties and find ways to make it even stronger. Helping alums better organize around their affinity groups is one area we can grow. Acapella groups, Greek organizations and many sports teams already do it well, but using that model to build alumni connections around those and other groups will make our community even stronger.
After graduating, Sean taught English to at-risk Latino youth at the St. Ignatius School in the South Bronx. Sean later worked for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and MIB Group while attending Suffolk University Law School. He also worked two summers in Amsterdam as a Summer Associate for
Baker & McKenzie focusing on international corporate tax and mergers & acquisitions. Sean currently lives in Boston and is Legal Counsel for FBEC, a utility contractor. Volunteer Activities include Senior Class Gift Committee, Co-Chairman: 2004–2005; DKE Alumni Corporation, President: 2005-2011; Rugby Alumni
Association, Active Member: 2005– ; Boston/NYC Alumni Clubs, Active Member: 2005– ; A Better Colgate, Director: 2007– ; Mu DKE Foundation, Vice-Chairman: 2010– ; Alumni Council, Candidate:
2006, 2011, 2012
Answering the Alumni Council’s call for nominations, Christine Gallagher, president of the AC, nominated me for consideration by the Nominations Committee. I also accepted over 100 nominations by petition because the AC needs a shake-up. The AC has selected its own members for 30 years. If elected, I’ll work towards implementing direct elections of at least a third of the AC and the creation of a task force of diverse Colgate stakeholders charged with publishing an in depth study of the high cost of a Colgate education, university governance and stakeholder engagement with recommendations to be presented to the Board of Trustees.
Thank you for voting. Go ‘gate!
The statements have been provided by the candidates; the Alumni Council does not independently investigate the content of this information and, as such, cannot guarantee that it is necessarily accurate or complete.