Dear Colby Alumni/ae,

Volunteering at Colby has been a tremendously rewarding experience for me, and I am honored to serve as the chair of the Alumni Council. The Alumni Council’s mission is to strengthen relations between the College and its alumni and to engage alumni in activities that support the College.

In order for Colby and its students to continue to make progress, we rely heavily on our alumni/ae volunteer network to fill a variety of needs. The Alumni Council, a group of approximately 35 dedicated alumni/ae, volunteer their time, thought leadership, problem solving, professional expertise, and financial support to further the mission of the College. The Alumni Council is responsible for identifying and recommending alumni for membership on the Council and nominating alumni representatives to the Trustees, identifying and selecting honorees for the various alumni awards ranging from the Colby Brick to the Mariner Award, supporting the robust career services programs ranging from the annual Career Connections weekend to ongoing career focused program, supporting the various athletic programs  by funding and sponsoring events to highlight the sports teams and mentoring athletes in partnership with the school’s coaching staff and mobilizing the alumni to support the Annual Fund.

This year’s Alumni Council includes in its leadership: past Chair Dave Fernandez,  Member at Large Dave Epstein '86, Member at Large Peter Reif '83, Nominating Committee Chair Byrd Allen ’75, Awards Committee Chair Art Young ’72, P’05, Athletics Committee/C Club Chair Art Brennan ’68, P’02,’05, and Colby Fund Lisa Bubar ‘73 and Career Center Chair Rich Highland '80. They are supported by engaged Alumni who plan and carry out programs year round. Whether it’s finding an internship for a student, helping alumni/ae build their professional networks (check us out on LinkedIn), attending on-campus/regional events, or working with administration and faculty to tackle a key issue facing the College, the Alumni Council helps ensure the Colby experience is there for current and future students.

Ensuring the continuation of the Colby tradition you and I have enjoyed and benefited from in so many ways is why the Alumni Council actively supports the Colby Fund and advocates 100 percent participation. I hope you will join the Council in making a gift of your time, talent and treasure to Colby this year. The Alumni Council serves as a liaison in connecting alumni/ae who want to volunteer, on or off campus. Volunteer opportunities range from recruiting and interviewing prospective students and attending on-campus Career Connections Weekend events, to participating in a phonathon for the Colby Fund. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know! There are always opportunities to support those programs as well as joining the Alumni Council members.

I always enjoy hearing from other alumni/ae. Please feel free to contact me at:

Deborah Wathen Finn ’74, P’07
Executive Committee Chair and President of the Alumni Association


Alumni Council Meeting Dates

Friday-Saturday, October 25-26, 2013

Alumni Council Mission Statement

The purpose of this association shall be to promote and to foster the best interests of Colby College and to strengthen relations between the College and its alumni. The Alumni Council provides an organization and structure, which should encourage alumni volunteers to work with the College faculty, staff, and students in the best interest of Colby and its constituents. The Alumni Association works to promote fellowship and pride of affiliation among Colby alumni.

The Alumni Council is your representation on the hill. Members of the council are elected by their classmates; members-at-large are elected by the council as a whole. The Alumni Council's responsibilities include:

  • Nominating nine alumni trustees to serve on the Board
  • Proposing candidates for Colby awards
  • Working with Colby clubs nationwide
  • Organizing the Alumni Fund each year
  • Assisting with admissions
  • Coordinating C Club activities and athletics-related issues
  • Assisting with career services