About A Better Colgate – Board of Directors

James V. Muzzy Jr ’67
Chairman

Todd A. Buchner ’88
Lee Carter ’60
Sean Fitzmichael Devlin ’05
William “Bill” L. Donahue ’59
Dennison “Denny” Fincke ’60
Peter Frank ’03
Daniel Glusker ’93
Tom Halley’73
William C. Hanson ’86
Peter O. Hanson ’55
Meredith Leland ’81
Shannon Frigon McClain ’93
Greg Narag ’89 
Maggie O’Connor ’87
James Rand ’66
Edward Ross Jr. ’50

Charles H. “Tim” Sanford ’58
Lou Tufford ’80
Michael Walsh ’73
Margaret “Peggy” Murphy Ward ’88
Bill Weinzierl ’67

Camille Greco, Administrative Assistant

Emeritus Board Members
William D. Baker ’54 (Deceased)
Curt Balch ’01
James “Quint” Black V, MD ’87 
Thomas W. Chalfant ’53
Danielle Covati ’00
John B. Da Grosa Sr. ’61 (Deceased)
Rebecca A. DeSimone, Esq. ’85
Thomas B. Ireland ’59  
Kevin J. Murphy ’47
Willaim R. Nojay ’78
(Deceased)
Matthew Person ’02
John R. Wilson ’52
(Deceased)

 

Todd A. Buchner ’88

Todd Buchner '88

Todd A. Buchner, a managing director of Credit Suisse since 2001 based in Chicago, heads Midwest Institutional Equities within the Investment Banking division. Since 2001, Mr. Buchner has been the managing partner for this group responsible for research sales, sales trading, and compliance. In addition, he has been a member of the Cross Selling Committee since 2003, co-chaired the Diversity Advisory Committee from 2002 – 2003, and currently, sits on the CS Foundation Board in Chicago and serves on the Managing Directors Evaluation Committee for Credit Suisse.

Mr. Buchner joined Credit Suisse First Boston in 2000 as a director and co-managed research sales for the Technology Group in the San Francisco office. Prior to CSFB, Mr. Buchner was a vice president at Morgan Stanley from 1997 to 2000 and worked at Cowen and Company from 1994 to 1997.

Mr. Buchner graduated with an M.B.A. from the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver and has a B.A. from Colgate University.

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Lee Carter '60

Lee Carter ’60

After graduation from Colgate University, Lee Carter returned to his native California and joined the sales division of Xerox Corporation with a territory assignment of Hawaii.  While in Hawaii, he left his career with Xerox and worked in commercial real estate for 20 years.  He returned to the mainland and worked as a Realtor, selling residential real estate in Lincoln City, Oregon.  Mr. Carter retired in 2003.

While at Colgate, Mr. Carter served as rushing co-chairman for Delta Kappa Epsilon.  Mr. Carter is the father of a daughter and two grandchildren.

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Sean Fitzmichael Devlin ’05

Sean Fitzmichael Devlin is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Feeney Brothers Utility Services. Feeney Brothers is a privately held utility contractor based out of Boston, Massachusetts with over 700 employees and operations across the Northeast servicing customers such as National Grid, Eversource, and NiSource. Mr. Devlin provides corporate and strategic advice to the executive and management teams and board of directors while managing all legal matters for the company.

Prior to joining Feeney Brothers in 2010 directly out of law school, Mr. Devlin worked for MIB Group, Inc. in Braintree, Massachusetts and as a summer associate in 2008 and 2009 with Baker & McKenzie’s International Tax and M&A groups in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

As an undergraduate at Colgate, Sean played rugby and held numerous leadership positions across campus (IFC Vice Chairman, Senior Class Gift Chairman, President and Founder of F.A.C.T – Freedom of Association Coalition for Truth) while working two jobs (Career Services and the DKE kitchen as House Steward). 

After receiving his B.A. in English from Colgate University, Mr. Devlin taught middle school English at the St. Ignatius School in South Bronx, New York. Sean holds a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and is licensed to practice law in New York and Massachusetts. 

He serves as Chairman of the Mu of DKE Foundation and is a Director of Colgate University’s Alumni Council. He and his wife, Betsy, live in West Roxbury, Massachusetts with their daughter, Winnie.

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William “Bill” L. Donahue ‘59

Bill Donahue was head coach for track and field “Leopards” at Lafayette College in the 1970s and was Lehigh University assistant track and field coach for the women’s program “Engineers” in the 80s. At Lehigh, he was also the Supervisor of the Murry Goodman Campus.

Now executive director emeritus, Mr. Donahue led the Emrey Track and Field Association, an organization that officiates six colleges and numerous high school programs in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. Emery Track and Field Association also manages, trains, and schedules all of its collegiate track officials.

Mr. Donahue earned both a BA and MA in 1959. He pledged Phi Delta Theta. As an alumnus, Mr. Donahue served as class agent. For many years at Colgate, he supported men and women’s cross country and track. At the request of Coach McKinnon, Mr. Donahue founded the Track and Field Association at Colgate he formed its board and solicited financial support for the program over a 10-year period as its director.

Mr. Donahue was critical of Trustee decisions regarding the name Red Raider and the general lack of support for sports other than football and hockey. In 2010, Mr. Donahue seriously considered a run for the Colgate Alumni Council Board of Directors but declined due to his wife failing health. His wife, Dottie (Dorothy), passed away in 2011.

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D. Dennison “Denny” Fincke ’60
Denny Fincke hd shot 2015Denny Fincke graduated from Colgate with a B. A. in math and pursued a career in group insurance and employee benefits. He worked with The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, Mutual Benefit Life, and the Phoenix Companies, responsible for sales and service in a four-state territory. In 1977, he established his own firm, Dudley Associates, Ltd. The company assists medium and large companies in designing all aspects of their employee benefits packages.

His professional career was put on hold when Mr. Fincke entered the military where he was recruited for intelligence work for the National Security Agency. He was assigned to Asmara, Eritrea and was able to see much of East Africa as well as the Middle East thereby gaining valuable knowledge and understanding about that part of the world. He volunteered to teach mathematics in a Swedish mission school to eighth-grade Eritrean students. This turned out to be one of his most rewarding lifetime experiences.

Mr. Fincke has two daughters from two marriages, twenty-five years apart in age. His eldest is a Colgate alumna. An avid golfer, Mr. Fincke played in the All-American Armed Forces Golf Tournament in 1963 in Athens, Greece against future golf pros such as Lee Trevino. He and his wife, Linda, often play at Seven Oaks at Colgate.

Mr. Fincke has served as head deacon and was an elder at the United Presbyterian Church of Manoa where his father was the minister for seventeen years. He served as president of the American Hellenic League and president of PRIME, an ecumenical organization that assists refugees and immigrants. He was president of the Paxon Hollow Country Club Golf Committee and also the assistant golf coach at the Agnes Irwin School.

Mr. Fincke gets together with some of his Sigma Chi fraternity brothers twice a year at various prime golf locations to play golf and reminisce. “We all value highly not just our camaraderie during our four years at Colgate, but also the ways in which Colgate taught us how to think both objectively and rationally. I do hope that the liberal arts colleges will return to that basic mission of providing an affordable college education to the broad middle class section of society and to teaching college students how to think independently rather than to blindly follow some predetermined politically correct format and stop sending graduates into the real world with a mountain of student loan debt. “

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Peter Frank ’03
Pete Frank 2013

Peter Frank has a distinguished background as a strategic brand marketer with Fortune 500 companies, recognized for his ability to lead teams and make things happen. Currently, he is a Director of Product Marketing with Dell, Inc. in Austin, Texas, driving eCommerce product capabilities and strategy to sell solutions. Formerly, he worked for Mattel, Inc. in El Segundo, California as a Hot Wheels brand manager for four years and launched several brands and helped grow several strategic initiatives. Before that he launched a start-up life insurance brokerage house and learned the value of starting a company from scratch.

Mr. Frank graduated from Colgate University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in History. He was a brother at Kappa Delta Rho and served as president of the fraternity in 2002. He focused his energy on advancing the rights of fraternities at Colgate and served on the Inter-Fraternity Council and worked extensively developing alumni relationships and key administration officials. He volunteered in college-sponsored policy and political debates and worked with Professor Robert Kraynak to advance the value of intellectual diversity at Colgate. He served as the vice regional chair of the College Republicans for the central New York area.

Mr. Frank is married to Katy Frank and actively participates in the Austin community with his church and donates to a variety of charitable causes including the USO to support our troops. Pete and Katy are the parents of three young children: a son, and a boy and girl twins.

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Daniel Glusker ’93

Dan Glusker 2015Dan Glusker currently serves as the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Co-Director of Research for Perkins Fund Marketing, an institutional marketing firm for hedge and private equity funds. In addition to handling the firm’s day to day legal and compliance needs and overseeing new manager research and due diligence, Mr. Glusker is responsible for sales to targeted accounts and various business development initiatives.

Mr. Glusker joined Perkins Fund Marketing in January 2013 with over 20 years of legal, corporate, insurance, finance, structured products, fund and equity-linked derivatives and alternatives sales experience. Previously he was a Director in the New York office of Commerzbank AG in the Financial Institutions Marketing group where he structured and marketed fund-linked products and alternative strategies to fund of funds, pensions, foundations, endowments, consultants, insurance companies and family offices. He held similar senior roles at BNP Paribas, Natixis Capital Markets and Wachovia Securities. Prior to joining Commerzbank, Mr. Glusker was a senior member of Fairview Partners, an alternatives marketing firm based in Darien, CT. From 2000-2004, Mr. Glusker was Vice President & Counsel and then Director in Manager Research at RBC Capital Markets in New York. Previously, Mr. Glusker was as an Associate at the New York law firms of Brown & Wood (currently Sidley Austin) and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. Mr. Glusker began his career as a complex loss analyst at the Travelers Insurance Company in 1993.

Mr. Glusker holds a B.A. in Political Science with an Economics minor from Colgate University where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and vice president of the Intra Fraternity-Sorority Council. He currently serves as the assistant class editor for the Class of 1993 column of the Colgate Scene. He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from New York Law School where he was articles editor of the New York Law School Law Review. He is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Level I holder, holds the Series 7, 24, 31 and 63 securities licenses and is admitted to the New York and Connecticut bars.

Mr. Glusker lives in New Rochelle, NY with his wife Bethany (Union ’95) and two young sons.

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Thomas P. ‘Flapper’ Halley ’73

At Colgate, Mr. Halley was senior class president. He was the longtime host on WRCU-FM of the Monday Night Hall of Fame, and most of the campus knew him as “Flapper” – he had a lot to say. He credits John Hubbard with encouraging him to pledge with Delta Kappa Epsilon. In 1993 and again in 2013, he was chairman of the Reunion Committee. He has been a regular Reunion attendee and a consistent donor to Colgate. He served as class editor for more than a decade.

After Colgate, Mr. Halley earned a J.D. at Albany Law School and was licensed to practice in 1977. In 1983, he earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Marist College. Since that time, he has represented various municipalities and labor unions throughout New York State.

Currently, he has a general practice in Poughkeepsie and provides counsel in the areas of labor, regulatory, civil rights, criminal law, zoning and planning. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of DKE International.

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William C. Hanson ’86

Bill Hanson serves as president of NAI James E. Hanson, a full-serviWilliam Hansonce commercial real estate company providing real state services to third parties and acting on behalf of investor clients in the acquisition, development and marketing of investment properties.  During his professional career, Mr. Hanson has successfully completed more than 200 transactions in excess of 5,000,000 sq. ft.  He has a record of accomplishment in mortgage refinancing, property management, lease analysis, and property valuation. He began his career with the Company after graduation in 1986 and was named president in 1993.  The Company

Mr. Hanson served as president of the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.  He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Economic Development Association of New Jersey, and the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce.  He has held numerous leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America and, since 1998, has been a member of the New Jersey Council’s Board of Directors.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Association of Commerce and Industry, the Board of the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation, and the Executive Committee of the Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association.  He is a member of ICSC and NAIOP.

At Colgate, Mr. Hanson was president of Phi Delta Theta. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.  He is married to Stephanie Hanson; the couple lives in Mahwah, New Jersey.

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Pete Hanson

Peter O. Hanson ’55

Peter Hanson has more than 45 years in the commercial real estate industry and is currently chairman and chief executive officer of NAI James E. Hanson, a full service commercial real estate company, which was founded in 1955.  He joined the firm in 1959 as a salesman specializing in industrial property sales and leasing in Northern New Jersey.  Since that time, he has been involved in hundreds of transactions as a broker, advisory and investor.

From 1955-1959, Captain Hanson served as a pilot in the United States Air Force.

Mr. Hanson serves on the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee of NAI Global was chairman in 1985.  He is chairman of Net Lease Capital Advisors, Inc.  A member since 1962, Mr. Hanson was international president of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), a member of its Executive Committee from 1983-1990, is currently and has served previously as a member of the Board of Directors.  In 1993, he was honored with the Howell Watson Lifetime Achievement Award.  He was a member of the both the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the National Association of Realtors.

He was chairman of Meridian Point Properties Trust VI (AMEX) as well as a trustee, director, board chairman, Investment Committee and Audit Committee member of various Meridian Point Properties Trusts traded on NYSE, AMEX, and NASDAQ and the United Jersey Bank (NYSE).

He has held numerous leadership positions with other industry-related professional organizations including the Industrial & Office Real Estate Brokers of the NY Metropolitan Area, the New Jersey Association of Realtors, and the Central Bergen Board of Realtors.

Civic commitments include board leadership with the Salvation Army, Bergen County; the Boy Scouts of America, Bergen County; and the Hackensack University Medical Center.

Mr. Hanson was a member of Phi Delta Theta.

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Meredith Leland 2014Meredith Leland ’81, ’03

Meredith Leland grew up in Hamilton, NY and graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School in 1977. She earned a BA (1981) and MAT (2003) from Colgate, and a MA (1990) in Liberal Studies from NYU.

Ms. Leland has worked in real estate (Eastern Consolidated Properties and Sotheby’s International Realty) and retail (Jaeger Sportswear, North American headquarters). Over the past ten years, she has worked as a teaching artist with Arts in Education, a substitute teacher, and a teaching assistant. Her proudest achievement has been raising two daughters, both in college in the Midwest, and a high-school aged son.  Ms. Leland’s earliest Colgate-related memory was always insisting on sitting next to delightful “Uncle” Andy Kerr at family dinners.

“My interest in working with A Better Colgate is that I care deeply about both town and gown. My kids and I have befriended some incredible Colgate students over the years, and I want to continue being a local friend for students, especially international students. I grew up knowing legendary Colgate professors, coaches and faculty kids who were family friends and neighbors. I love watching Colgate hockey, both men’s and women’s teams, and I often attend special Colgate programs and events. One daughter has attended the world-class Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate for four summers, and my son wants to attend this summer. But as a townie, I’ve watched the effects of the new corporate Colgate on the rural character of the village with great concern. Because of the changes, I sold my house in downtown Hamilton and moved 14 miles away. I still keep an eye on things in my old hometown, and have an ear to the ground, so I feel that I can be very useful to A Better Colgate.”

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Shannon Frigon McClain ’93

Shannon McClain taught public elementary school for several years in Fairfax County, Virginia.  She became a leader in the teacher/researcher community there.  During that time, she also became a consultant with the Northern Virginia Writing Project, serving for six years on the organization’s board of directors and as its conference co-chair.  She continues to offer professional development presentations to teachers.

Ms. McClain earned her MA in the teaching of writing and literature from George Mason University in 2003.  Shannon is the mother of two young children, a son and daughter, born in 2002 and 2005, respectively, and she is now primarily occupied with homeschooling them.  She is married to Patrick J. A. McClain ’92, a corporate attorney with WilmerHale and cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center.

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James Muzzy '67

James V. “Muzz” Muzzy Jr. ’67

I have had two careers since graduating from Colgate University in 1967.  My Bachelor of Arts in English led me into teaching and later to school administration.  I taught high school English, history and driver education for three years in Canton, Ohio while pursuing a Master of Education in School Administration at Kent State University at night. After graduation, in 1970, I remained as a teaching fellow for two years while earning 90 hours of post-masters work in Curriculum and Instruction.

From 1972 to 1984, I served as a principal for an elementary, a middle and a high school.  I then served as a district wide director of curriculum and instruction and lastly as a superintendent of schools. Over my career I served in five different school districts.

While principal of Oberlin Middle School, the programs I implemented resulted in the Rand Educational Foundation designating Oberlin Middle School as one of the top 25 innovative schools in the United States.  Then, due to popular demand, I spent my summers training staff in curricular innovation in Michigan, Missouri and Boston with particular concentration at the Martin Luther King Middle School in Boston in 1975 and 1976.

I also served as an elected member of the Plain Local Board of Education and the Oberlin Board of Education.  I also served on the Lorain County Board of Education.

In 1984, I left my career in education after 17 years, unhappy with the constant struggle with the educational bureaucracy stacked against child-centered schools. From 1985 until I sold the business in 2003, I built a second career as president of Muzzy Builders Inc., a commercial and residential general contracting firm.  During my tenure, I continued to be active in civic affairs.  From 1990 to 1991, I was appointed the First Ward Council person in Avon, Ohio and from 1992 through 1993, I served as Avon’s Safety Director.  Currently, I am president of Muzzy Properties’ Management L.L.C. 

While at Colgate, I was a member and house manager of Tau Kappa Epsilon.  I note that my  experience at TKE with a divergent membership of Jewish, Christian, Catholic. Black and Asian brothers was a glorious experience for a conservative Catholic farm boy from Ohio.

I have been a Director of the only independent alumni reform group A Better Colgate for the last eleven years.  Since 2014 I have served as the Chairman of our Board. After meeting with incoming President Dr. Brian Casey I and my fellow Directors are extremely hopeful for A Better Colgate to eventually step aside to what Brian said to me is his hope to lead us all to A Greater Colgate. As my picture indicates I have never lost my love for Colgate and now maybe I can be proud again of the place where I grew from a teenager into manhood.  My days at Colgate were the happiest days of my life and by 2017 when we reunion under a Colgate led by Dr. Brian Casey I hope to be that happy again.

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Greg Narag ’89

Greg Narag '89One of the original founding directors of A Better Colgate, Mr. Narag is a 1989 graduate with a degree in philosophy. A proud first-generation American with a unique mixed ethnic heritage, Mr. Narag is a brother of Phi Delta Theta, was a member of the Jazz Band and wrote for the Colgate Maroon.

Although his background includes extensive business and sales experience across a variety of industries, Mr. Narag has an ongoing fascination with media – to the point where he decided to become a part of it.

With absolutely no broadcasting or journalism background and armed only with a love of the format, he walked into the #1 news/talk radio station in Austin, Texas and asked for a job. While still hanging on to his day job, he worked his way up from a part-time weekend gig to a full-time producer of some of Austin’s best-known live, local talk radio shows. He also was a familiar voice to Austin listeners for several years as a news anchor and local reporter. Mr. Narag often was first to break important news stories, scooping more experienced journalists in both print and television. As a rookie reporter he was recognized by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association with an “honorable mention” in its best specialty/beat reporting category.

He supplemented his radio work with freelance writing, including contributions to the Austin Business Journal.

Now returned to his hometown of Mountain Lakes, NJ, Mr. Narag is quietly plotting his next big ventures in both media and writing. As they say in the business…stay tuned.

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Maggie OConnor 2013

Maggie O’Connor ’87

Maggie O’Connor specializes consulting for local non-profits in Portland, Oregon. She has worked with clients such as Dress for Success and the City of Beaverton, helping them with strategic fundraising strategies and database creation and management. By day, she works in marketing for WEST Consultants, Inc., a hydrologic/hydraulic engineering firm in Portland.

Ms. O’Connor was the Class of 1987 column editor of the Colgate Scene alumni newspaper for ten years. She has been involved with ABC activities before there was A Better Colgate and is a strong proponent of including Colgate alumni in the Board of Trustee election process.

She also has her own blog at http://somethingfathappened.wordpress.com. Ms. O’Connor lives in Portland with her husband and two daughters.

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Edward Ross Jr. ’50

After graduating from Colgate in June 1950, Ed Ross was employed by Shell Oil Company in Albany, N.Y. Because the Korean War had begun, he enlisted in the Army in February 1951, and was assigned to teach at the Army Corps of Engineers center in Ft. Belvior, VA.  After completing his tour of duty, Mr. Ross returned to Shell Oil in Albany and continued a 30-year career that included ever increasing sales, administrative and financial responsibilities in Syracuse, Boston, Chicago and Shell’s Head Office, Houston.  He retired from Shell Oil in January 1981.

Mr. Ross co-founded the Utility Shareholders Association of Texas to promote consumer and electric utility interests in the state. And, consistent with his singing days at Colgate (“13”, Glee Club, and chapel choir), he was a director and officer of three major choral organizations performing in Houston and its suburbs.

Currently, Mr. Ross is working to organize a U.S. Tennis Association Super Senior tennis team equivalent to the one he captained to second place in Texas in 1999.

Mr. Ross and his wife Shirley are parents of four children, all of whom are graduates of Southern Methodist University (Methodist Deacon, professional M.E., MA sociologist, and attorney).

At Colgate, Mr. Ross was a member of Phi Kappa Tau.

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Charles H. “Tim” Sanford ’58
Trustee emeritus, Colgate University  Tim Sanford 2015

An entrepreneur in Colorado for more than forty years, Tim Sanford founded Sanford Homes and built more than 7,000 homes along Denver’s Front Range.  He was among the pioneers in planned unit developments that incorporated amenities such as tennis courts, swimming pools and open space with a product mix of detached single-family homes, private condominiums, and town homes managed by a homeowners group.  In 2001, he sold Sanford Homes to Beazer Homes, a NYSE-traded company.

During his career as a homebuilder,  Mr. Sanford was president of the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Denver and was a director, committee chairman and member of the executive committee of the National Home Builders Association.  He served as chairman of the Littleton Housing Authority, chairman of the Littleton Parks and Recreation Committee and was a member of the Littleton Planning Commission.  In 1981, the Colorado Association of Housing & Building recognized him as “Industry Man of the Year.”  The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Denver awarded him in 1969 and 1972 as “Man of the Year.”

Mr. Sanford is a 1958 graduate of Colgate University, with membership in Phi Delta Theta.  He earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1960.

Mr. Sanford has remained active in his support of Colgate University.  He was a director of the Alumni Corporation, and then served as a trustee of Colgate University from 1982 through 1991.  Since 1999, he has served as trustee emeritus.  He is a member of the John B. Colgate Society (for contributors of $1 million or more). He is a benefactor of the Charles H. Sanford Field House.  In 2004, Mr. Sanford founded Students & Alumni for Colgate, Inc., a grassroots effort dedicated to improve the educational experience of students at Colgate.

An active community leader, Mr. Sanford served as a director on the boards of both Colorado National Bank – Tech Center and Colorado National Bank of Denver.  He was a trustee of Swedish Medical Center.  An avid horseman, Mr. Sanford has been a member of Round Up Riders of the Rockies since 1979.

Tim and his wife, Linda Elliott, split their time between homes in Colorado and St. Martin.  He is the father of two sons and a daughter.

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Mary Lou (Doyle) Tufford ’80Lou Tufford 2013

 Lou Tufford, President and Principal Consultant, Tufford and Associates, Inc. brings over twenty years experience and expertise in leadership and organizational development, executive coaching and human resources to the company she formed in 2009.

Ms. Tufford’s work developing leadership is rooted in her commitment to the critical importance trust, ethics and integrity as the foundation for authentic relationships which sit at the core of high performance work groups and collaborative, respectful work environments. She is a keen observer of the human condition who has a unique ability to synthesize information, diagnose problems and devise a wide range of approaches to address challenges affecting individuals and groups in the workplace.

Ms.Tufford has guided individuals and organizations in sectors from engineering, financial management, research science and information technologies, to health care, higher education and hospitality. She has served as assistant dean and director of human resources at Cornell University and the State University of New York and as a leadership and executive coach at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management, from which she holds an MBA in Organizational Development.

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Michael Walsh ’73
Michael is a partner at Walsh Peterson LLP, a partnership formed in February 2008. Previously,he was a partner for 17 years at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago and prior to that, he was a partner (and associate) at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago for approximately ten years. Mr.Walsh focuses his practice on corporate transactions and counseling matters primarily involving intellectual property and technology. His counseling skills combine 30 years of legal experienceand common business sense with well grounded strategies for resolving complex, and often subtle, issues.

Between 2001 and 2003, Mr. Walsh was an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he taught copyright and trademark law. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Walsh was a member of the IP Advisory Committee at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

He is a past member of the Colgate University Alumni Council and Southern Methodist University School of Law’s Alumni Advisory Board.

Mr. Walsh currently is president of Cornell University’s Johnson School Alumni Board. In addition, he is a member of Cornell’s Johnson School Advisory Council and the Wheaton College President’s Commission. He is also a member of the Children’s Heart Foundation Board (Illinois Chapter) and the Gift of Adoption Board (Illinois Chapter).

Mr. Walsh graduated with an A.B. in Physics from Colgate University in 1973. He received his M.B.A. in Finance from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management in 1975 and obtained a J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1978.

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Dr. Margaret M. Ward (Peggy) ’88

Peggy Ward is director of the Enterprise Sustainabilitytrategy Team at Kimberly-Clark (K-C) Corporation. She leads global advancement of the company’s sustainability strategy. This position places emphasis on developing, implementing and communicating Kimberly-Clark’s sustainability strategy and related plans to internal and external stakeholders.

Prior to this role, Dr. Ward was the product and technology manager of the Environmentally Sustainable Technology team where she led global sustainable technology development and sustainable strategy advancement.

Previously, Dr. Ward led the Corporate Strategic Business Intelligence (CSBI) team where she defined the business intelligence function, identified best practices and created extensive competitor analyses. Additionally, she helped develop and pilot new strategic tools for enabling business decisions and identifying potential new opportunities for K-C.

Dr. Ward joined K-C in 1998 as a research scientist in the Consumer Tissue business where she led the patent and competitive intelligence functions. She later held a project lead role in improving Kleenex Cottonelle bath tissue.

Dr. Ward was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1966. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Colgate University and a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. She also conducted post doctoral studies at the Universite du Maine in Le Mans, France.

At Colgate, Dr. Ward was a chemistry major and math minor. She was a varsity athlete in both field hockey and softball and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. After graduation, she served as an officer for the House Corporation Board. She is currently a class agent helping raise funds for Colgate.

From 2005 through 2010, Dr. Ward served on the board of directors for the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley which provides temporary shelter to homeless individuals and families in a safe environment. Currently, she serves on the Resource Committee at ESFV which aims to raise over $300,000 annually.

Dr. Ward and her husband, Chris (Tulane ’87), have two daughters and live in Appleton, WI.

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  William Weinzierl 2014 Bill Weinzierl ‘67

Bill attended Colgate his freshman year and has stayed connected to the ‘Gate ever since. His family moved to California in his sophomore year, and Bill enrolled in California State Long Beach where he earned a Bachelor’s degree and an MBA.

Mr. Weinzierl worked for Bechtel in nuclear plant development for more than 20 years and spent 10 years in Taiwan for Bechtel and overseas posts with other companies for another ten years. He worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority, and then served as president for American Business Consultants.

Since his second retirement, Mr. Weinzierl sells residential and commercial real estate with Century 21 and Associates. He is a director of Auto Collision Doc in Alabama. He joined our efforts in the beginning of protests against the University land grab of the Greek houses.

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