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 Academic Handbook 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.


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

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: Michele G. Cyr, Chair; Gregory E. Kerr, Vice Chair; Clayton S. Rose, President; Peter J. Bernard*, Arthur E. Black, John F. McQuillan, David A. Morales, Kathleen K. Phillips-Lohrmann, Jane L. Pinchin, Mary Hogan Preusse, David J. Roux, John K. L. Thorndike. Subcommittee chairs invited: Ronald C. Brady, Andrew E. Serwer. Representatives: Robert A. Kubacki, alumni council; Thomas Baumgarte, faculty; Harriet C. Fisher ’17, student; Reed F. Fernandez ’17 (alt.), student; Scott W. Hood, secretary; Elizabeth D. Orlic, liaison officer.

Academic Affairs: Jane L. Pinchin, Chair; Sydney Asbury, Ronald C. Brady, Leonard W. Cotton, Shelley A. Hearne, Tasha vanderLinde Irving, Gregory E. Kerr, George A. Khaldun, Scott B. Perper, Mary Hogan Preusse, John K. L. Thorndike, Clayton S. Rose, ex officio; Elizabeth A. Stemmler, faculty; Evelyn Sanchez Gonzalez ’17, student; Mariette R. Aborn ’17 (alt.), student; Jennifer Scanlon, liaison officer.

Admissions and Financial Aid: David A. Morales, Chair; Stephen F. Gormley, Shelley A. Hearne, George A. Khaldun, Joseph V. McDevitt, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Karen N. Walker, Clayton S. Rose, ex officio; Sarah F. McMahon, faculty; Chrissy Rujiraorchai ’17, student; Walter G. Chacon ’17 (alt.), student; E. Whitney Soule, liaison officer.

Development and College Relations: John F. McQuillan, Chair; Sydney Asbury, David G. Brown, Jeff D. Emerson, Donald A. Goldsmith, Stephen F. Gormley, Bradford A. Hunter, Ann Hambelton Kenyon, Scott B. Perper, Linda H. Roth, Robert F. White, Clayton S. Rose, ex officio; Robert A. Kubacki, alumni council; Aaron W. Kitch, faculty; Indre A. Altman ’18, student; Jenna L. Scott ’19 (alt.), student; Scott A. Meiklejohn, liaison officer.

Facilities and Properties: Mary Hogan Preusse, Chair; Sydney Asbury, Leonard W. Cotton, Iris W. Davis, Donald A. Goldsmith, Bradford A. Hunter, Linda H. Roth, Peter M. Small**, David P. Wheeler, Clayton S. Rose, ex officio; Madeleine E. Msall, faculty; Caroline M. Rutan ’19, student; Daniel W. Viellieu ’19 (alt.), student; Matthew P. Orlando, liaison officer.

Financial Planning: David J. Roux, Chair; Arthur E. Black, Ronald C. Brady, Leonard W. Cotton, Jeff D. Emerson, John A. Gibbons, Jr., Donald A. Goldsmith, Tasha vanderLinde Irving, Mary Hogan Preusse, Joan Benoit Samuelson, John K. L. Thorndike, Clayton S. Rose, ex officio; Arielle Saiber, faculty; Ana G. Timoney-Gomez, ’18, student; Justin J. Pearson ’17 (alt.), student; Matthew P. Orlando, liaison officer; Delwin C. Wilson, staff.

Information and Technology: John K. L. Thorndike, Chair; Deborah Jensen Barker, Peter J. Bernard, David G. Brown, Jeff D. Emerson, John A. Gibbons, Jr., Ann Hambelton Kenyon, John F. McQuillan, Clayton S. Rose, ex officio; Eric L. Chown, faculty; Madeline D. Bustamante ’17, student; Grace A. Handler ’17 (alt.), student; Mitchel W. Davis, liaison officer.

Special Committee on Multicultural Affairs: Ronald C. Brady, Chair; Iris W. Davis, Shelley A. Hearne, Tasha vanderLinde Irving, Gregory E. Kerr, George A. Khaldun, Joseph V. McDevitt, Jr., Jane L. Pinchin, Andrew E. Serwer, Paula M. Wardynski, Clayton S. Rose, ex officio; Judith S. Casselberry, faculty; H. Roy Partridge, faculty; Hayley G. Nicholas ’17, student; Mohamed M. Nur ’19, student; Leana E. Amaez, liaison officer.

Student Affairs: Arthur E. Black, Chair; Iris W. Davis, Joseph V. McDevitt, Jr., David A. Morales, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Andrew E. Serwer, Mary Tydings Smith, Karen N. Walker, Paula M. Wardynski, David P. Wheeler, Clayton S. Rose, ex officio; Robert A. Kubacki, alumni council; Abigail Killeen, faculty; Benjamin W. Painter ’19, student; Penelope A. Lusk ’17 (alt.), student; Timothy W. Foster, liaison officer.


The President of the College is ex officio member of all standing committees, except the Audit Committee.

* The Vice-Chair of a standing committee shall serve on the Executive Committee in the event that the chair shall not be a trustee.

** Emeritus status

Additional Service:

Museum of Art Advisory Council: Kathleen K. Phillips-Lohrmann, Linda H. Roth
Secretary of the College: Elizabeth D. Orlic
Assistant Secretary of the College: Megan A. Hart
Secretary of the Trustees: Heather T. Kenvin



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



Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee (CEP)
Chair: Jennifer Scanlon. Undergraduates: Mariette Aborn ’17, Ezra Rick ’19, Rayne Sampson ’18 (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. This committee will meet at least once per semester with CIC. During discussions involving personnel matters, the committee may exclude student members.


Curriculum Implementation Committee (CIC)
Chair: James A. Higginbotham. Undergraduates:   Kristin Bishop ’18, Yasmin Hayre ’17, Wildon Kaplan ’17  (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).  Sends a faculty representative to meetings of the Calendar Committee. Subcommittees may be formed as needed. This committee will meet at least once per semester with CEP. During discussions involving personnel matters, the committee may exclude student members.

Recording Committee
Chair: Allen L. Springer. Undergraduates: Leah Alper ’17, Yinong (Ned) Wang ’18, Jonathan Harrison ’19 (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.)


Student Fellowships Committee
Chair: Stephen M. Majercik. Undergraduate: Holly Rudel ’17.  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: Jennifer Taback. Undergraduates: Lan Crofton ’17, Hannah Pucker ’19, Anna Blaustein ’19 (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)

Lectures and Concerts
Chair: Elizabeth Muther. Undergraduates: Ryan Ali-Shaw ’19, Eleanor Quenzer ’17.  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.


Judicial Board and Student Sexual Assault and Misconduct Board 
Chair, Judicial Board: Michael Pun ’17; Student Sexual Misconduct Board: Timothy Foster, Dean of Student Affairs. Undergraduates: Indre Altman ’18, Daniel Buckman ’18, Tom Capone ’17, Nora Cullen ’18, Cullen Geary ’18, Natalie Kiley-Bergen ’17, Hunter Moeller,’17 (vice chair), Oceanna Pak ’19, Michael Pun ’17 (chair), Maya Singh ’19, Ana Timoney-Gomez ’18, Emmett Ulian ’19, Justin Weathers ’18. 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 Clayton S. Rose. Undergraduates: Reed Fernandez ’17, Harriet Fisher ’17 , Matthew Maguire ’19, Anarelis Ramirez ’19, Jiaqi Duan ’17 (alt.). 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.


Chair: Robert K. Greenlee. Undergraduates: Emily Weyrauch ’17, Mollly Foley ’19. 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.

Bowdoin College Museum of Art Advisory Council
Co-Chairs: Anne and Frank Goodyear, Co-Directors of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and Linda Roth, Trustee. Undergraduates: Sarah Freshnock ’17, Amber Orosco ’19.  Supports the Museum’s mission, strategic direction, programmatic goals, and financial well-being; offers advice and counsel to the Museum Co-Directors 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 Clayton S. Rose. Undergraduates: Christina Moreland ’17, Beleicia Bullock ’19. 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 an Inclusive Community
Chair: Stephen G. Perkinson. Undergraduates: Kiyoko H. Nakamura-Koyama ’17, Daniel Miro-Chinea ’19, Lucian Black ’19, Cheng-Chun Yu ’19.  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.

(Program Committees determine whether student members are to be appointed.)

Africana Studies
Chair: Brian Purnell

Asian Studies
Chair: Vyjayanthi Selinger

Chair: Bruce D. Kohorn

Environmental Studies
Chair: Matthew W. Klingle

Cinema Studies
Chair: Shu-chin Tsui

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

Latin American Studies
Chair: Allen Wells

Chair: Hadley W. Horch