College Governance

College Committees serve as a mechanism through which students offer input on a variety of issues. The Student Executive Board interviews students for membership for the following committees. Please refer to the Bowdoin College Catalogue online for the names of faculty and administrative committee members. In circumstances where a College Committee is required to meet and take action outside the academic year, committee members may participate by telephone when necessary.

COMMITTEES OF THE TRUSTEES*

* Only those committees with student representation are listed. For a complete list of committees, see the College Catalogue.

The by-laws of the College allow for a high degree of student involvement in College governance. Students are voting members of nearly all trustee committees and are representatives at meetings of the Executive Committee and of the full Board of Trustees.

EXECUTIVE
Chair: Deborah Jensen Barker; Secretary: Scott W. Hoodliaison officer: Kelly KernerUndergraduate representatives: Sarah Nelson ’14, student; Allen Wong Yu ’14, student. Acts with the powers of the Board when the Board is not in session and may take action on behalf of the Board (with certain exclusions) and set agendas for Board meetings. In addition, a member of the faculty, a student, a parent, and a member of the Alumni Council shall be entitled to attend. (1 student appointed.)

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Chair: Ronald C. Brady; liaison officer: Cristle Collins Judd. Undergraduates: Jordan Goldberg ’14, student; Harry Rube ’16, student alternate. Concerned with all matters relating to the educational program of the College, the faculty (including appointments, promotions, tenure and salary) and the Library, Museum of Art, Peary Macmillan Arctic Museum, and information technology. (1 student appointed plus 1 alternate.)

ADMISSIONS AND FINANCIAL AID
Chair: Ann Hambelton Kenyon; liaison officer: Scott A. Meiklejohn. Undergraduates: Jeffrey Chung ’16, student; Daniel Mejia-Cruz ’16, student alternate. Oversees all matters related to the recruitment and admission of students to the College, policies and procedures for financial aid, and financial aid policies in relation to the financial resources of the College. (1 student appointed plus 1 alternate.)

DEVELOPMENT AND COLLEGE RELATIONS
Chair: Leonard W. Cotton; liaison officer: Kelly Kerner. Undergraduates: Rebecca Stoneman ’14, student; Chelsea Bruno ’14, student alternate. Reviews capital needs of the College and consults with the College administration regarding the appropriate steps for securing the funds required; it also oversees the alumni affairs and communication activities of the College. (1 student appointed plus 1 alternate.)

FACILITIES AND PROPERTIES
Chair: Bradford A. Hunter; liaison officer: S. Catherine Longley. Undergraduates: David Levine ’16, student; Daniel Lipkowitz ’14, student alternate. Oversees the maintenance, improvement, security and protection of the College’s physical plant and equipment and new capital projects. (1 student appointed plus 1 alternate.)

FINANCIAL PLANNING
Chair: Paula M. Wardynski; liaison officer: S. Catherine Longley. Undergraduate: Megan Massa ’14student. Reviews and makes recommendations to the Board about the annual operating and capital budgets and the financial needs and resources of the College, oversees policies and the administration of compensation and benefits provided by the College, and considers the long term financial plans and projections of the College. (1 student appointed.)

Information Technology
Chair: John A. Gibbons Jr.; liaison officer: Mitchel W. Davis. UndergraduateMatthew Gutschenritter ’16, student(1 student appointed.)

SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
Chair: Tasha vanderLinde Irving; liaison officer: Leana E. Amaez. Undergraduates: William Hodge-Brokenburr ’16, student; Filipe Camarotti ’14, student. Considers matters pertaining to the academic and social experience of students, faculty, and staff of color with a particular focus on the recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds.  Also addresses other issues that relate directly to making Bowdoin a more diverse and pluralistic campus. (2 student appointed.)

STUDENT AFFAIRS
Chair: H. Allen Ryan; liaison officer: Timothy W. Foster. Undergraduate: Roberto Tavel ’16, student. Responsible for all matters relating to the nature and quality of student life and policies relating to athletics, residential life, dining, security, student activities, career planning, health and counseling services. (1 student appointed.)

FACULTY GOVERNANCE COMMITTEES*

* Only those committees with student representation are listed. For a complete list of committees, see the College Catalogue.

CURRICULAR COMMITTEES

Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee (CEP)
Chair: Cristle Collins Judd. Undergraduates: Jordan Goldberg ’14, Harry Rube ’16, Allen Wong Yu ’14 (alternate). Responsible for broad oversight of the curriculum, and for proposing changes in academic policy and degree requirements for consideration by the faculty. Advises the Dean and the President on allocation of resources, including the assignment and reauthorization of faculty positions. Brings to the faculty proposals about policy including college-wide changes to major/minor requirements, changes to college-wide distribution requirements, and other large-scale curricular policy matters. Represents the faculty on the Trustee Committee on Academic Affairs.

Curriculum Implementation Committee (CIC)
Chair: Barry A. Logan. Undergraduates:  Laurel Mast ’14, Alexander (Alex) Carl Thomas ’16, Jordan Goldberg ’14 (alternate). Oversees curricular implementation, including: approval of all new and revised courses, revisions to individual majors/minors, implementation and evaluation of distribution requirements.  Oversees Off-Campus Study curricular issues.  Evaluates and approves self-designed majors (with advice on petitions from the Associate Dean for Curriculum).  Oversees the execution of policies  re: grading, honors, transfer of credit and progress towards degree (in consultation with CEP as necessary).  Subcommittees may be formed as needed.

Recording Committee
Chair: James A. Higginbotham. Undergraduates: Anna (Cece) Howard ’16, Jeffrey Cuartas ’14, Allyson (Ally) Michiko Fulton ’16 (alternate). Interprets and applies current academic policies, determines academic standing, reviews petitions re: academic standing, grading options, and transfer credit. (2 students appointed plus 1 alternate.)

RESOURCES COMMITTEES

External Student Fellowships Committee
Chair: John C. Holt. Undergraduate: TDB.  Student member is involved in selection of student Commencement speakers and student recipients of College prizes.  (1 student) 

Faculty Development Committee: Teaching Resources Subcommittee
Chair: Marilyn Reizbaum. Undergraduates: Alexander (Alex) Tougas ’14, Emily Coin ’14  (alternate).  Administers course development grants. Oversees the development of teaching: engaging speakers, organizing workshops, supervising the teaching mentorship program, etc.  (2 students appointed plus 1 alternate)

Internal Student Fellowships Committee
Chair: Patsy S. Dickinson. Undergraduate: TBD.  Student member is involved in selection of student Sarah and James Bowdoin Day speaker.  (1 student)

Lectures and Concerts
Chair: Shu-chin Tsui. Undergraduates: William Danforth ’16, Rachel Sege ’14.  Awards funds on the basis of proposals submitted by members of the faculty to support lectures, concerts, exhibitions, and other events relating to the academic and cultural life of the College.

APPEALS, GRIEVANCES AND MISCONDUCT COMMITTEES

Judicial Board and Student Sexual Assault and Misconduct Board 
Chair, Judicial Board: Chelsea Shaffer ’14; Chair, Student Sexual Misconduct Board: Timothy Foster, Dean of Student Affairs. Undergraduates: Maggie Acosta ‘16, Kendall Carpenter ’15, Lonnie Hackett ’14, Susanna Howard ’14, Jacques Larochelle ’15, Margaret Lindeman ’15, Teresa Liu ’15, Christopher Nadeau ’16, Tom Peabody ’14, Adrian Rodriguez ’14, Ujal Santchurn ’15, Chelsea Shaffer ’14, Duncan Taylor ’14. The Judicial Board addresses violations of the Academic Honor Code and Social Code. The Student Sexual Assault and Misconduct Board serves as the hearing body for student complaints of sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct by students. Full details of the hearing processes are outlined under the Judicial Authority and the Student Sexual Misconduct policy.

Student Appeals and Grievances
Chair: President Barry Mills. Undergraduates: Sarah Nelson ’14, Allen Wong Yu ’14, Carolyn Veillieux ’16, William (Will) Tucker ’14, Alex Butler ’14. Reviews J-Board decisions. Can either uphold J-Board decision, direct the Dean of Student Affairs to take appropriate action, or direct the J-Board to reconsider the case.  Addresses student complaints of discrimination on the basis of a federally protected class.

OVERSIGHT: COLLEGE LIFE COMMITTEES

Library
Chair: Janet M. Martin. Undergraduates: Kendra Novak ’16, Cody Philip Woods ’16. Advises the College Librarian regarding library policies, procedures, and the development of the library collection.  Informs the faculty about issues relating to the library. Recommends the formation of working groups on issues of broad faculty interest in relation to library and information resources.

Museum of Art Executive Advisory Council
Chair: Anne and Frank Goodyear, Co-Directors of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Undergraduates: Maya Reyes ’16, Ziqi Li ’15.  Supports the Museum’s mission, strategic direction, programmatic goals, and financial well-being; offers advice and counsel to the Museum Director on issues pertaining to museum polices and priorities; works to ensure that the Museum follows best practices in its professional activities; helps to create a secure financial structure for the museum’s future; and seeks to raise the quality and diversity of the Museum’s collections and enhance their use.  

Bias Incident Group
Chair: President Barry Mills. Undergraduates: Roberto (Robo) Tavel ’16, Emma DeGray Johnson ’14. Meets at the initiative of the President in response to an incident of bias in any form, whether discrimination, harassment, or other intolerance for the purpose of sharing all facts available at the time and designing a course of action appropriate to the incident.

Advisory Committee for a Diverse Community
Chair: Enrique Yepes. Undergraduates: William (Chase) Hodge-Brokenburr ’16, Filipe Camarotti ’14, Nicole Ampatey ’16, Sarah Nelson ’14. Advises offices in charge of supporting the diverse identity groups that constitute our campus community, on matters pertaining to the academic and social experience of students, faculty and staff. Advises primarily on issues related to gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and social or geographical origin.

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES PROGRAM COMMITTEES
(Program Committees determine how student members are to be appointed.)

Africana Studies
Chair: Tess Chakkalakal

Asian Studies
Chair: Belinda Kong

Biochemistry
Chair: Anne E. McBride

Environmental Studies
Chair: John Lichter

Gay and Lesbian Studies
Chair: David Collings

Gender and Women's Studies
Chair: Kristen R. Ghodsee

Latin American Studies
Chair: Gustavo Faverón Patriau

Neuroscience
Chair: Richmond R. Thompson