Amherst has a strong tradition of class organization which is further cultivated by the officers. The officers are the College’s liaisons to the rest of the class; thus, the College turns to these individuals and enlists their advice and help for a variety of reasons.
The following officers are elected by each class at Reunion to serve five-year terms:
Responsible for assuming active leadership of the class, acts as a consultant to the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs on all matters pertaining to the class, for example, in recruiting classmates to serve as class officers. The President takes primary leadership for all class programs, such as Homecoming and class dinners. Additionally, the president actively supports fund raising initiatives.
Responsible for supporting the Class President as needed; often helps in executing specific class projects; serves on the Nominating Committee at Reunion and helps find new class officers whenever a vacancy occurs.
Responsible for keeping track of the funds available for class use, overseeing class finances and budgeting, with assistance from the class liaison as needed. (Most of the activity for this position occurs in Reunion years.)
Responsible for keeping classmates informed and in touch with one another. The Class Secretary is an aggressive news gatherer charged with writing a quarterly Class Notes column for the Amherst magazine. This person is also responsible for ensuring “In Memory” pieces are written when a classmate dies. For more information, view the Class Secretary Handbook online. This position can work very well with two classmates sharing responsibilities.
Responsible for recruiting and managing a group of classmates to plan and oversee class reunion activities. The success of a class reunion depends on the efforts, organization and creativity of this individual. He or she must be able to manage, delegate, meet deadlines, and be comfortable writing to the class and speaking with classmates by telephone on a regular basis in preparation for a reunion. For more information, view the Reunion Planning Handbook online. This position can work very well with two classmates sharing responsibilities.
Social Media Chair and Class Web Editor
Responsible for managing the class’s online presence, including making updates to the class website. A technical background is not required for this position since our online services are designed to be easy to use. A Web editor should be skilled in editing and organizing information, but does not necessarily need to know any programming or code, such as html. A social media chair must be comfortable using social media and social media marketing and should be active on at least two social media platforms. In both positions, some experience with digital photo preparation might be desirable if the class wishes to post custom photos. Above all, the person who fills this role needs to be a good communicator, a proficient editor and able to make frequent updates to online information.
Amherst Social Media Champion
Do you love social media? Are you on Facebook, tweeting or posting a photo to Instagram on a regular basis? Are you a proud Amherst grad?
If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then you are exactly what we are looking for! Amherst College Alumni and Parent Programs is seeking highly motivated individuals who have a passion for social media, spreading the word, and making new connections online.
Alumni Council Representative
Responsible for representing the class at the Annual Meeting of the Alumni Council and providing a written report of the meeting to the class. The Executive Committee of the Alumni Council recommends that this office be filled by the Class President.