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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 presentatin 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 disappointing.

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

To help you think about these matters and provide your input, we have posted the following documents on the Class web pages.

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

(2) 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

(3) 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

We invite you to provide your comments to the Class Listserv (  or to the Class Webmaster (

All of the excellent comments that have been submitted can be found here:  Class Strategic Plan Comments

Stay tuned for what happens next!

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