Alumni Association

The Wesleyan University Alumni Association supports the University, its students, faculty and administration in our collective effort to preserve a world-class and inclusive scholarly environment accessible to the best and brightest students. Through the cultivation of lifelong relationships with each other and a common bond with alma mater, the Association enriches the University community and helps strengthen Wesleyan’s reputation as a singular place in higher education.

See more below on:
Alumni Association Leadership, Councils, and Committees
More on the Alumni Association: Membership, Governance, and Documents

Alumni Association Awards

The Alumni Association recognizes alumni and faculty who demonstrate extraordinary service to Wesleyan, their professions, and to their communities. See more on the awards and their recipients.

Leadership and Councils

  • Alumni Association Leadership

    David Hill '86, Chair
    President, DHill Professional Services, LLC 
    (Washington, DC)       

    Suzanne Appel '02, Officer and Chair, Wesleyan Annual Fund (WAF)
    Managing Director, Vineyard Theater
    (New York, N.Y.)

    Nadja Webb '90, Officer and Chair, AOCC
    Executive Vice President, Programming Business Operations and Deputy General Counsel, Paramount Global
    (New York, N.Y.)

    Gail (Jenkins) Farris '84, P'14, '16, Officer and Member, Athletics Advisory Council (AAC)
    (Atlanta, Ga.)

  • Alumni-Elected Trustees

    Each year, Wesleyan alumni elect three of their peers to serve on the University’s Board of Trustees for a three-year term. While many schools have some Alumni-Elected Trustee representation, Wesleyan is unique in that nearly one third of the Board is elected by the alumni body. 

    Thank you to all alumni who voted in previous elections. Feel free to nominate fellow alumni for the upcoming 2023 cycle. Invitations to vote will be sent out in the Spring.

    If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us. 

  • Alumni of Color Council

    Nadja Webb '90, Chair
    Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, ViacomCBS 
    New York, N.Y.

    Aaron Veera '14, Co-Chair, Wesleyan Asian Pacific American Council (APAAC)
    Growth Strategist + Educator
    New York, N.Y. 

    Kora Shin '10, MALS '18, Co-Chair, Wesleyan Asian Pacific American Council (APAAC)
    Associate Director of College Counseling, Head-Royce School
    Oakland, Calif. 

    Melvin Acevedo '99, Co-ChairChair, Wesleyan Latino Alumni Network (WesLAN)
    Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis at Jennison Associates, LLC 
    New York, N.Y.

    Nikolas Ortega '19, Co-Chair, Wesleyan Latino Alumni Network (WesLAN)
    Growth Strategist, Google 
    San Francisco, Calif.

    Michele Barnwell '89, Co-Chair, Wesleyan Black Alumni Council (BAC)
    Writer and Executive Producer, Reel Roost
    Los Angeles, Calif.

    Melinda Weekes-Laidlow '89, Co-Chair, Wesleyan Black Alumni Council (BAC)
    President, Weekes in Advance Enterprises 
    Atlanta, GA

    Stay connected and join the Wesleyan Alumni of Color Facebook Group.

  • Athletic Advisory Council

    Anthony J. Antonellis '86, P'15, '17  
    Senior Partner/Attorney, Sloane & Walsh

    David S. Bagatelle '86 
    Chief Banking and Revenue Officer, Equire Bank

    Andrea Balkan '86, P'22
    Managing Partner, Brookfield Asset Management

    Julie Elizabeth Bennett '00
    Director, Citigroup Inc.

    John F. Brown '85 
    Executive Vice President, Head of Global Client Development, Intech

    Julie W. Coffman '88
    Partner, Bain & Company

    Sarah Columbia '82
    Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

    Gretchen Cooney '83
    Self-employed

    Alan M. Dachs '70, Hon'07, P'98, Emeritus 
    President, CEO & Director, Fremont Group

    Robert B. Davidson III '83, P'16 

    Margaret Dunham Dempsey '85, P'18, '19 
    Independent Education Professional

    Gail Jenkins Farris '84, P'14, '16 

    William J. Frischling '86 
    Director, Lord Abbett & Co. LLC

    Joseph Giamo '11, MALS '15
    Director of Strategic Management, Fedway Associates

    Peter J. Hicks '72, Emeritus 
    Founder & Managing Director at Linx Partners

    Jed Daniel Hoyer '96, Emeritus 
    Executive Vice President and General Manager, Chicago Cubs

    Blair Ingraham '14 MALS '19 
    Associate Director of Admission, St. George's School

    Moira McNamara James '78, P'10, '16
    Director, Media and Communications at The Conference Board

    Rob King '84
    Senior Vice President and Editor-at-Large, ESPN Content

    Eric J. Krasnoo '84
    Senior Vice President & GM, Screenvision Sports

    John A. Kuhn '86, P'15, '17, '19
    President, Westfield Speciality

    Andrew Lacey '89
    Deputy Chairman at Lazard Asset Management

    Dana Aliza Levy '12
    Co-Founder at Sporos Bioventures

    Daniel S. Lynch '80, P'11, '14, Co-Chair 
    Executive Venture Partner, GVteam

    Andrew Marrochello '91
    Director of Athletics, Boston University

    W. Michael McKenna '73 
    Founder and Managing Partner, McKenna & Partners

    Sean M. McKeown '77, Emeritus 
    Vice President/Purchasing, McMaster-Carr Supply Company

    Karen Adair Miller '83 
    Trustee, Northwood School

    Rob Miller '82
    TV Agent, Creative Artists Agency

    John M. Moriarty Jr. P'21

    Seta Nazarian '79, P'13 
    Independent Non-Profit Organization Management Professional

    Steven B. Pfeiffer '69, Hon'99, P'99, '05, '08, '13, Emeritus

    Francine V. Rivkin '78 
    Consultant, Rivkin Small Business Consulting

    David C. Robinson '87, P'18
    General Counsel and Executive Vice President, The Hartford

    Dennis R. Robinson '79, P'13 
    President & COO, Mill Town Capital/Bousquet Enterprises

    Patrick J. Ryan, Jr. '85, P'22
    Partner, Chief Credit Officer, Apollo Global Management's Credit Business

    Warren C. Smith, Jr. '78 
    Managing Partner, Staley Capital Management

    Ramanan Brian Sivalingam '10

    David B. Thomas '77, P'15 
    Co-Founder, Thomas & Dennler, LLC

    Tim R. Warner '73
    Vice Provost, Stanford University

    Susan Webster '77, P'18, Co-Chair
    General Counsel, Fremont Group

    Michael F. Whalen '83 (Durham, CT)
    Director of Athletics; Adjunct Professor of Physical Education, Wesleyan University

  • Trustee Nominating Committee

    Lauren Glotzer ’94, chair
    Chief Strategy Officer, Chegg, Inc. Scarsdale, NY

    Christine Bolzan ’92
    Executive Director, Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute
    Boston, MA

    Andrew Calica ’01
    Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
    New York, NY

    Marcus Chung ’98
    VP, Manufacturing & Supply Chain, ThirdLove
    San Francisco, CA

    David Davenport ’88
    Managing Director, NY Greenbank
    New York, NY

    David Hill ’86
    President, DHill Professional Services LLC
    Silver Spring, MD

    Nick Meyer ’90, P’25
    President of Film, Eone & CEO, Sierra/Affinity Los Angeles, CA

    Pritha Mittal ’96
    Regional Head, Macquarie Group Foundation New York, NY

    Monisha Nariani ’99
    Chief Operating Officer, Citigroup, Inc. New York, NY

  • The Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching Committee

    The Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching was inaugurated in 1993 as an institutional recognition of outstanding faculty members. One to three Binswanger Prizes are presented each year, selected by the Binswanger Committee, and are made possible by the generosity of the Binswanger family that counts numerous Wesleyan alumni, alumnae and parents in its ranks. The standards and criteria for the annual prizes shall be excellence in teaching, as exemplified by commitment to the classroom and student accomplishment, intellectual demands placed on students, lucidity and passion. Recommendations may be based on any of the types of teaching that are done at the University including, but not limited to, teaching in lecture courses, seminars, laboratories, creative and performance-based courses, research tutorials and other individual and group tutorials at the undergraduate and graduate level.

    If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Bobby Donaldson ’93, chair
    Associate Professor of History, University of South Carolina
    Columbia, SC

    Gloster Aaron
    Associate Professor of Biology, Wesleyan University
    Middletown, CT

    Jane Eisner ’77, P’06, ’12
    Director of Academic Affairs, Columbia School of Journalism New York, NY

    Andrew Fippinger ’03
    Dean of Faculty, Horace Mann School New York, NY

    Erika Franklin Fowler
    Professor of Government, Wesleyan University
    Middletown, CT

    David Hill ’86
    President, DHill Professional Services LLC
    Silver Spring, MD

    Maria Ospina
    Associate Professor of Spanish, Wesleyan University
    New Haven, CT

More on the Alumni Association

  • Membership

    All graduates of Wesleyan University, all non-graduates who have attended the University for at least one semester and whose classes have graduated, all persons who have received honorary degrees from the University, all persons who are or have been trustees of the University, and all persons who may, from time to time, be entitled to vote for alumni-elected trustees shall be members of the Alumni Association. There are well over 30,000 alumni in all 50 states and many nations around the world.

  • Governance

    The Association is governed by an Executive Committee including the officers; one or more representatives from each active Council and Committee of the Association, including no fewer than three representatives of regional Wesleyan clubs; and up to seven at-large representatives from among members of the Association.

    The Executive Committee sets priorities for the Alumni Association and works with University Relations staff to facilitate and promote regional events and activities (e.g. president's receptions, faculty talks, cultural events, athletic events, community service events and Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) events), alumni of color activities, seminars, fundraising, career advising and networking, and recruitment of prospective students. 

    Subcommittees of the Executive Committee include the Wesleyan Fund National Committee, which provides direction and support for The Wesleyan Fund; the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching Committee, which reviews recommendations from students and alumni as well as teaching evaluations to select three faculty members each year; and the Nominating Committee, which oversees selection of trustees candidates for annual election.

    The Executive Committee meets twice a year. An annual meeting for all alumni is held during Reunion & Commencement Weekend.

Feedback

If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to alumni@wesleyan.edu.