• A Family Affair

    When it comes to Davidson College, the relationship is often a family affair, and this could not be truer for Tatum Pottenger '14 of Norlina, N.C. and parents David '79 and Sara Tatum Pottenger '79 of Durham.

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  • The Importance of Empathy

    Meron Fessehaye '16 serves the Davidson community in a multitude of ways and a variety of places. The Africana Studies major, Arab Studies minor from Charlotte is known for her energetic spirit, scholarship, and service to the community.

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    Meron Fessehaye '16
  • A Sense of the Greater Good

    "Davidson alumni believe in being a part of something bigger than them. There's a sense of community that is within Davidson and transcends Davidson when they leave. I don't know how that happens, but I don't ever want to see that change."

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    The McFayden Family

Volunteer

Davidson College alumni, parents, and friends who choose to volunteer for the college are invaluable. There are countless ways to get involved with the growing number of volunteer opportunities listed through this site.

We hope you will consider the ways you can share your time and talents with Davidson and contribute to exceptional students and programs on and off campus.

'Cat Impact

Please enjoy these stories that highlight extraordinary volunteers making a difference for Davidson and in their communities.

DavidsonServes: Wildcats Giving Back
DavidsonServes: Volunteer Week
Meron Fessehaye '16
Rex Salisbury '10
Carin Siegfried '95
Amoura Carter '07
Frank Lord '89
Vincent Benjamin '04
Lynne Rogich Ford '84
Donnie Johnson '00
Shannon Walters McFayden '82
David '79, Sara '79 and Tatum Pottenger '14

Get Involved

There are many ways for alumni, parents, and friends to get involved with Davidson. Please explore the information below, and consider which opportunities best align with your interests and passions.

Alumni Association Board

The Alumni Association Board of Directors serves as a liaison between alumni and our administration and staff to provide input on alumni activities, such as Reunion, Homecoming, and the travel program, oversee chapter programming and lead alumni in honoring the achievements of fellow alumni. The Board of Directors creates the policies, recorded in the by-laws, of the association and advises Alumni Relations on its programming and practices. Learn more about the Alumni Board of Directors, including information about the board's bylaws, working groups, how to nominate alumni for awards and a full list of current board members.

To learn more about the Alumni Association Board of Directors email Marya Howell '91, director of alumni relations, at alumni@davidson.edu or 704-894-2642.

Alumni of Color Engagement

The Alumni Association Board of Directors began the Alumni of Color Engagement (ACE) initiative in 2008. ACE addresses and develops new channels and opportunities for connection between our alumni of color and the college to strengthen commitments and contributions to the life and success of the college. ACE focuses on three main areas: event attendance, volunteerism, and participation in The Fund for Davidson.

Email Alumni Relations for more information at alumni@davidson.edu.

Art Collection Advisory Committee

The Art Collection Advisory Committee (ACAC) promotes the appreciation and study of visual art through the college's permanent collection for the benefit of Davidson's students, faculty, staff, alumni, community, and visitors.

Members work with the college to identify opportunities for potential acquisitions of art for the purposes of teaching and learning, provide guidance to the gallery director on matters pertaining to museum policy, research, and collection advancement, and develop strategies for the acquisition of major gifts of art for the college's permanent art collection and seeks to increase the involvement of alumni with the visual arts at Davidson.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the ACAC, email Lia Newman, gallery director, at linewman@davidson.edu or 704-894-2519, or Jeff Prince, director of major gifts, at jeprince@davidson.edu or 707-894-2137.

Board of Trustees

Davidson College is governed by a Board of Trustees, composed of between 30 and 45 members. Four members are elected by and from the alumni; five members serve ex officio, including the president of the college; and the balance are elected by the Trustees. At least 25 percent of members will be a member or affiliate of a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation.

Learn more about the Board of Trustees, including information about the board's bylaws, statement of purpose, and a full list of current trustees.

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about ways you can contribute, please email Traci Russ-Wilson, executive assistant to the president, at trruss@davidson.edu or 704-894-2202.

Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors provides guidance to the college in the pursuit and maintenance of those principles and values set forth in the Statement of Purpose—found in the preamble to the College Constitution—by advising the chair of the Board of Trustees, the president of the college, and other college officials (see Board of Visitors Bylaws (PDF). Board members are nominated by alumni, friends, and staff of the college. New members are selected by a nominating committee.

Visitors meet at least once per year on campus and are expected to serve as ambassadors of Davidson in their communities at all times.

If you are interested in serving the college or learning more about the Board of Visitors, email Katie Davidson, director of donor relations, at kadavidson@davidson.edu or 704-894-2688.

Career Development Support

There are a variety of ways for alumni, parents and friends to engage with college through the Center for Career Development.

  • Share an internship or full-time job through the Davidson Internship and Job Challenge. The perfect professional complement to the strong liberal arts education that students receive at Davidson, internships play a crucial role in increasing students' ability to find full-time, career-related employment as seniors. Additionally, providing the Center for Career Development with leads on full-time positions allows our students to expand the employment options available for their launch from Davidson while connecting employers with motivated and hard-working new staff members.
  • Serve as a job shadowing host during winter break. Through observation and conversation, participating students get the opportunity to learn more about a profession, receive career-related advice, and reflect on the ways in which their liberal arts education can prepare them for life after Davidson. Approximately 200 alumni, parents and friends of the college register as shadowing hosts each year.
  • Join the Davidson Career Advisor Network (DCAN), and share your expertise through one-to-one career conversations, resume critiques, and/or mock interviews.

Chapter & Club Presidents

Chapter presidents act as liaisons between local alumni in their communities and the Office of Alumni Relations, playing a critical role in keeping alumni, parents and friends engaged with, and informed about, Davidson in between visits to campus. In 70 chapters across the country, chapter presidents plan nearly 100 events a year, ranging from service projects to athletic tailgates to lectures from Davidson faculty. Email alumni@davidson.edu to learn more about serving as a chapter or club president and organizing alumni gatherings.

Class Ambassadors

Historically known as our Annual Fund/Fund for Davidson Class Chairs, Class Ambassadors serve as liaisons between the college and their classmates. Our aim is to recruit dynamic teams of engaged alumni who will share the following responsibilities throughout the year:

  • Help author at least four personalized fundraising communications (letter or email) in October, December, February, and June. If a class has enough Ambassadors, the hope is that a different individual could take the lead on each communication so the work is shared.
  • Make personal contacts to at least 10-25 classmates to ask for life updates that can be shared with the Class Secretary and to remind them about making their annual gift to Davidson.
  • Invite classmates to join you in attending regional Davidson events.
  • Send personal thank you notes to your classmates at the conclusion of the fiscal year. We will also ask for your help throughout the year to send personal thank you notes to first-time or re-engaged donors.
  • For those classes with active Facebook pages, post regularly with the latest Davidson news and/or share via additional social media outlets.
  • Be an advocate for giving challenges and Fund for Davidson crowdfunding projects.

Class Ambassadors are asked to serve for five years-from the completion of one class reunion through the conclusion of the next class reunion. At that time, a new group of Class Ambassadors is recruited for the following five years- with the intention of keeping as many different classmates engaged with the college as possible. Of course, there is flexibility in the time commitment for those who decide that they are no longer able to commit to this leadership role.

Alumni interested in becoming Class Ambassadors should email Liz Cox, assistant director for annual giving, at licox@davidson.edu or 704-894-2940.

Class Secretaries

Class secretaries help classmates stay connected to the college and each other. They serve as the contact for their class and make sure updates from classmates are shared online and/or through the Davidson Journal.

Of note: Three alumni (Don Davidson '39, John Hobart '51 and Newt Spencer '45) are the first and only members of their classes to serve Davidson as class secretaries—or class "scribes"—for nearly 54 years. John and Newt continue to serve their classmates in this vital volunteer role.

A full list of current class secretaries is available online. Alumni interested in serving the college in this way should email Yolanda Gilliam at alumniclassnotes@davidson.edu or 704-894-2559.

Community Service Volunteers

Building upon the service work of students through the Center for Civic Engagement, DavidsonServes invites alumni and parents to lead and participate in service work in their local communities or with others through organized chapter events. Its mission is to commit the Davidson family to sustained civic engagement efforts instead of one time projects. Participants may volunteer their time and expertise to address hunger and homelessness, children's literacy, political issues impacting local communities or environmental sustainability and stewardship.

Join the annual Davidson Volunteer Week, and participate in community and volunteer engagement throughout the country. The Center for Civic Engagement also hosts its student service week at the same time.

For more information about the Davidson Alumni Engaged initiative or Davidson Volunteer Week, email the Office of Alumni Relations at alumniservice@davidson.edu or 704-894-2450.

Davidson Athletic Fund Board

The Davidson Athletic Fund (DAF) generates scholarship funding as well as capital and operating funds to support the college's 21 NCAA Division I programs and more than 440 student athletes.

A main objective of the DAF is to create and sustain a sense of place and purpose for our alumni, parents and friends. We aim to provide ongoing opportunities to add value to Davidson Athletics while also complementing the advancement efforts of the Davidson Athletic Fund. In doing so, the DAF strives to enhance the educational mission of Davidson College and to embrace its entire constituency, including alumni, students, faculty and staff, and parents and the broader community.

The Davidson Athletic Fund board exists to support the mission of Davidson College, the Davidson Athletic Fund and the Division I athletic programs of the college. The DAF website includes information about DAF Board guidelines, objectives, meeting schedule, and a full roster.

If you are interested in serving on the DAF Board, please email Suzette McQueen, associate director of the DAF, at sumcqueen@davidson.edu or 704-894-2107.

Davidson Black Alumni Network

Established in January 1988, the Davidson Black Alumni Network (DBAN) addresses the specific concerns of, and advocates for, black students and alumni.

With more than 600 members across the country, DBAN exists to support, inspire and engage Davidson's Black students and alumni academically, professionally and socially via networks, initiatives and programs, connecting alumni and students to each other and to the Davidson College Community.

To become involved or to learn more about DBAN, its scholarship program, and/or upcoming events, email Alumni Relations at alumni@davidson.edu so we can connect you with a member of the executive body or advisory board members.

Gay-Straight Alumni Network of Davidson

The Gay-Straight Alumni Network of Davidson (GSAND) serves as a source of support, advocacy, visibility, and programming for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) alumni population of Davidson. GSAND is an informal affinity network created to facilitate connections between LGBT alumni and the college.

You can connect with GSAND on Facebook or if you would like to explore getting involved with GSAND in a leadership capacity, email Becca Taylor '05 at betaylor@davidson.edu.

Latino/a Network

Alumni Relations and the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) have discussed the formation of a Latino/a alumni network. If you are interested in volunteering or to find out more, email us at alumni@davidson.edu and include Conexión Latina in the subject line.

Parents Council

Members of the Davidson College Parents Council are invited based on overall interest in engaging with the college, its leadership and its programs on a personal and philanthropic level. The council makes a direct and lasting impact on all Davidson students through fundraising efforts and advocacy, as well as involvement with the college community.

Non-alumni parents interested in discussing membership on the Parents Council should email Keatley Scroggins, director of Parent Programs, at kescroggins@davidson.edu or 704-894-2546.

Recruit Students

Davidson alumni support the mission of the Office of Admission and Financial Aid in a variety of ways. Through promoting the college to area schools and community groups and offering personal perspective on Davidson to prospective students and their families, Davidson Alumni Recruitment Teams (DART) members have significant impact on our applicants and our enrolling students and, thus, on the college as a whole.

Alumni, parents and other members of the Davidson community can also help by recommending smart, engaged, purposeful students who would thrive at Davidson through our annual Recommend a Wildcat program. We accept recommendations each summer and fall.

To learn more about DART and how we rely on alumni to make sure the best and brightest students choose Davidson, email Gardner Roller Ligo, director of merit programs, at galigo@davidson.edu or 704-894-2970.

Reunion Chairs and Committee Volunteers

Reunion Planning and Gift Chairs develop class-specific events and programming, assist in reaching fundraising goals and oversee a committee of classmates who provide personal outreach to their peers and the reunion efforts. Committee members work together to plan weekend events and invite classmates to return to campus.

To learn more or to find out how you may become a Reunion Planning or Gift Chair, email Judith Rowles, assistant director of alumni relations, at jurowles@davidson.edu or 704-894-3003.