Administrators and alumni recently announced the slate of alumni to stand for election for the Georgetown University Alumni Association’s Board of Governors for the 2006-2009 term.

William G. Reynolds (C ’79), an associate vice president in the Office of Advancement, recently announced the nomination of five alumni to be elected as first-term governors. Voting will begin in mid-May and conclude in June for these five candidates, as well as nine current governors running for a second three-year term, according to an Alumni Association Web site.

First-time nominees include alumni Michael Karam (F ’72, L ’76, L ’81), Paul Liguori (B ’84, L ’87), Jeff Chapski (B ’91), Mary Beth Connell (M ’89) and George Williams (B ’99).

The five new nominees were selected from a total of 55 candidates, up from the 47 candidates considered last year, Reynolds said.

“This year’s pool was particularly strong with a demonstrated track record of alumni leadership” Reynolds said.

The current Board of Governors is comprised of 115 alumni, including current professors and administrators at Georgetown, as well as three undergraduate students. The board represents and provides services to the alumni, said Jeffrey Donahoe, senior director for advancement communications in the Office of Advancement.

“With about 138,000 living Georgetown alumni around the world, it is the Board of Governors’ job to find out what new things the alumni want and what is in their best interests,” Donahoe said.

The current nominees come from a diverse pool of applicants, representing alumni from the Main Campus, Law Center and Medical Center, the east and west coasts, and foreign countries.

“We are always looking for a broad range of work and volunteer experience,” Donahoe said. “Anyone who is nominated has been acting and volunteering extensively with the Alumni Association. These are people who are extremely dedicated to Georgetown.”

The Board of Governors usually organizes three formal meetings a year – two during the winter and fall leadership weekends, and another during the John Carroll Awards Weekend, taking place this year in Las Vegas, Nev.

Board members are also responsible for advancing alumni interests put forth by the individual alumni committees. Each committee is responsible for monitoring particular alumni services including careers, communications, class reunions and Homecoming weekend. Board members additionally sit on two individual committees based on their background and location.

Some committees are also specific to law and medicine, or particular regions from around the country and the world, Donahoe said.

“This is where the real work gets done, where board members have the opportunity to work on specific issues directly relating to the university,” he said.

In the past, alumni have suggested plans for an alumni networking program, which is now professionally staffed by Georgetown’s alumni. The program has the goal of advising the needs of alumni and working towards creating new programs and activities in the alumni’s interests.
Most recently, the Board of Governors was instrumental in voting to fund the development and construction of the Robert and Bernice Wagner Alumni House after many alumni expressed an interest in the development of a new alumni house.

“This is a perfect example of the alumni working with the board, whereby they bring an idea to the university and professional staff, and we work from there,” Donahoe said.

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