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Sarah Bond Phinney '99 Named Director of Alumni Relations

Story posted July 05, 2005

Sarah Bond Phinney '99.

Sarah Bond Phinney of Gorham, Maine, has been named director of alumni relations at Bowdoin College. Phinney, a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1999, will assume her new role in early September. She succeeds Kevin Wesley '89, who was recently named assistant vice president and deputy director of alumni relations at Carnegie Mellon University.

"Sarah brings a wonderful blend of talent, experience, and enthusiasm to this vital position," said Bowdoin Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Randolph H. Shaw. "Bowdoin is blessed with an engaged and loyal alumni body spread across America and around the world. With Sarah's help and leadership, we will do even more to reach out to these women and men in ways that will strengthen and further develop their connections to the College."

As director of alumni relations, Phinney will be responsible for the planning, implementation, and oversight of programs designed to serve an alumni body of 16,000. She will work with others at the College to maximize engagement opportunities for alumni and to advance the mission of the College through alumni outreach programs. Phinney will also provide oversight for Bowdoin's 40-member Alumni Council, working in collaboration with the council president and members to create and maintain programs designed to foster lifelong relationships between Bowdoin alumni and the College.

Phinney currently serves as director of events and summer programs at Bowdoin, a position she has held since May 2002. She previously served as assistant director of alumni relations at the University of New England in Portland (2001-02), and as assistant director of residential life at Bowdoin (1999-01). While a student at Bowdoin, Phinney was an intern in the office of events and summer programs, and also served as an intern in Bowdoin's Young Alumni Leadership Program, which works to strengthen Bowdoin's ties with its youngest alumni.

A Dean's List student at Bowdoin, Phinney graduated in 1999 with a double major in mathematics and economics, and with a minor concentration in music. She is an accomplished pianist who serves as music director at various theaters in Maine's midcoast region.

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