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Bowdoin Names Mersereau as College Secretary, Meiklejohn as Associate Vice President

Story posted May 15, 1998


May 26, 1998 Brunswick, Maine -- Richard A. Mersereau of Brunswick has been named secretary of the College and Scott A. Meiklejohn of Brunswick has been named associate vice president for development and alumni relations at Bowdoin College, both effective July 1.

The announcements were made today by William A. Torrey, vice president for planning and development. Both Mersereau and Meiklejohn will report to Torrey as members of his senior management team.

"Dick and Scott have had long and distinguished careers as school and college administrators," Torrey said. "In their new roles, they will help guide Bowdoin in the coming years, offering counsel and sharing with me and the College leadership their insight and expertise."

Mersereau has served as executive assistant to the president and the trustees since 1991. As secretary of the College, Mersereau will continue to provide staff support for the Board of Trustees, oversee planning for various College events, serve on various Trustee and College committees, assist in marketing, institutional planning and stewardship activities, and coordinate the Young Alumni Leadership Program.

A member of the Class of 1969, Mersereau earned his master's degree in teaching at Wesleyan University before returning to Bowdoin in 1971 as assistant director of admissions. He later served as assistant director of the Senior Center, career counselor for professional and graduate school programs, women's varsity basketball coach, director of summer programs, and director of public relations and publications. He has served on numerous college committees, including the Strategic Planning Task Force, the Bicentennial Steering Committee and the 1989 Presidential Search Committee. In 1996 he was the recipient of the annual Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff, an award presented annually by the Bowdoin Alumni Association to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary service and devotion to Bowdoin.

Meiklejohn has been a member of the Bowdoin Office of Development since 1997 as a senior capital support officer, playing an active role in Bowdoin's $125 million New Century Campaign. In his new role, he will have overall responsibility for the offices of annual giving, alumni relations and donor relations and for Bowdoin magazine. He will also assist Torrey in institutional planning.

Meiklejohn earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy at Colgate University. Prior to joining the Bowdoin staff, he was headmaster of La Pietra School, an independent school in Honolulu, Hawaii, from 1991 to 1995. He has also served in a variety of fund-raising and administrative capacities, including director of admissions at Hebron Academy, executive director of the Colgate University Alumni Corporation and director of planned giving at Colgate.

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