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Alumni Relations and Strategic Planning

At our 50th reunion, a group of classmates (Bob Holmes, Tad Larrabee, Laurie Osborn, Alan Bernstein, and Jane Bergner) met with President Biddy Martin and Megan Morey (Director of Advancement) to discuss Alumni Relations at Amherst.  For years, our Class has advocated for more dedicated attention to Alumni Relations, as we successfully pioneered the first Class Website and the first Class Listserve -- both of which are extremely active even 20+ years later.

Our fundamental position is that 1) Amherst can do much more to provide significant value to its Alumni , and 2) its skilled and experienced Alumni can provide even more value back to the College, students and faculty.

We had the opportunity to make a presentation of our ideas to the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council and the Alumni and Parents Programs staff.  The meeting took place on Friday, April 11, 2014 in New York.  The outcome of that meeting was inconclusive and, to us, disappointing.

Most recently (March 12, 2015), the College published a draft Strategic Plan and asked for comments by April 6.  The Class is organizing a consolidated response to provide input from a representative group of alums.

Additionally, in response to the draft Strategic Plan, the Class of 1965 has proposed a new Curriculum.  There has been very active '63 commentary on their proposal.

To help you think about these matters and provide your input, we have posted the following documents on the Class web pages.  [We invite you to provide your comments to the Class Listserv (  or to the Class Webmaster (]

(1) The draft Strategic Plan Amherst Strategic Plan, Draft, March 12 2015.pdf

(2) Comments by the Class of 1963 on the draft Strategic Plan and on the Class of 1965 Proposed Curriculum: Class Strategic Plan Comments

(3) Summary of Principal Recommendations for Amherst College Alumni Affairs, April 4, 2014 Amherst College Class of 1963 Committee on Alumni Relations, Summary of Principal Recommendations, April 4 2014 (1).pdf

(4) The Powerpoint presentation to the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council given on April 11, 2014 Amherst College Class of 1963 Committee on Alumni Relations, Presentation, April 11 2014.pdf

Stay tuned for what happens next!