Alumni Council

The Alumni Council is the primary representative body of Bowdoin's more than 20,000 alumni.

About

The Alumni Council is the primary representative body of Bowdoin’s more than 20,000 alumni, and works to encourage and celebrate lifelong engagement with the College. The Council provides a voice for alumni in College affairs and helps build relationships and loyalty both among alumni and between alumni and the College by sponsoring social and educational events, creating internships, providing career support, assisting in fundraising, honoring outstanding alumni service, and fostering a spirit of inclusiveness in the greater Bowdoin community.

Composition

The Alumni Council is comprised of up to 32 members, appointed to four-year terms in classes of eight, selected by the Nominations Committee and approved by the full Council.

Terms of Office

Members serve four-year terms and student representatives hold their terms until graduation. Leaders of other volunteer organizations (BCAN, BRAVO, Fund Directors) hold their terms while in those leadership roles.

Nominations

Nominations are now open for Council membership and alumni awards. For more information on membership, contact Rodie Lloyd '80 at rlloyd@bowdoin.edu. For more information on awards, contact Sarah Begin Cameron '05 at scameron@bowdoin.edu.

Open Nominations

Closed Nominations

  • Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff
  • Alumni Service Award
  • Distinguished Educator Award

Submit a Nomination!

It’s Time for New Alumni Council Members

The Alumni Council’s mission is to build and strengthen lifelong relationships among alumni and between alumni and Bowdoin, working together to ensure "The Offer of the College" doesn't end after four years. If you (or someone you know) engages with the College by volunteering, attending events, and/or keeping classmates connected, please submit a nomination here by Friday, January 31st.

Three Cheers for Polar Bear Volunteers!

Help us recognize outstanding volunteer service to the College. This spring the Alumni Council Awards Committee will consider nominees for the Alumni Footprints Award, the Foot Soldier of Bowdoin Award, the Polar Bear Award, and the Young Alumni Service Award. Please submit a nomination by Friday, January 31. Find out more or submit a nomination here.

Membership:
  • The National Chair of the Bowdoin Career Advisory Network;
  • The National Chair of BRAVO;
  • The Chair of the Fund Directors;
  • One faculty representative;
  • Three student representatives;
  • Director of Alumni Relations;
  • Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations;
  • The President of the College, ex officio.

History

Bowdoin's first Alumni Council consisted of twelve members. Elected by a general alumni ballot in 1914, the group convened at Commencement that year. Kenneth C.M. Sills (1901), then Dean of the College, played an influential role in the formation of the Council and called the initial meeting to order. This first Alumni Council immediately concerned itself with a revision of the Alumni Association Constitution, which it presented for adoption at the 1915 Commencement. The duties of the Alumni Council as prescribed by that revised Constitution are "to act as an executive committee of the Association and to represent the alumni in all instances where it may be necessary."

Much of the Council's work has been accomplished over the years through regular or special committees. The Alumni Council has been instrumental in starting or promoting the Alumni Fund, the Placement Bureau (now Career Exploration and Development), a separate Admissions office, the Office of Alumni Secretary (now Alumni Relations), the Bowdoin Magazine, an alumni directory, and the Cram Alumni House.

Correspondence

Correspondence to the Alumni Council can be sent to Mike Moynihan '89, President of the Council, at alumni@bowdoin.edu or by mailing to:

c/o Alumni Relations
Bowdoin College
4000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011