Board of Fellows

About the Fellows

Founded in 1975, the Board of Fellows (BOF) of Norwich University is comprised of alumni and friends of Norwich University who have an abiding interest in the enrichment of the academic programs at Norwich.

The Norwich University Board of Fellows work through a variety of Visiting Committees (VC) to provide support to the several schools within the University. These committees meet at least twice a year; once during Homecoming and once in the spring. Currently there is a VC for the following academic disciplines:

  • Architecture + Art
  • Business and Management
  • Engineering
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Liberal Arts
  • Nursing
  • College of Graduate and Continuing Studies

Membership on the board results from a nomination process intended to ensure that each Visiting Committee has the requisite skills. Nominations can be forwarded to the School dean, the VC chair, or the Executive Committee.

The board meets as a body once a year during Homecoming. At that time the BOF Faculty Development Prize and the BOF Medallion may be awarded. The Executive Committee meets several times throughout the year.

Executive Committee

  • Chair: Jon Fogg ’68
  • Vice Chair: Bruce Hoogstraten ’82
  • Liaison: Dr. Guiyou Huang, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Visiting Committee Chairs

  • Architecture + Art: Harry Blackey ’68
  • Business & Management: Ken Johnston ’82
  • Engineering: Lt. Col. Richard Pratt ’90
  • Nursing: Lt. Col. Molly S. McGlaughlin, USAR ’89
  • College of Graduate and Continuing Studies: Shawn W. Bryan ’70
  • College of Liberal Arts: Jonathan Allen ’94
  • College of Science & Mathematics: Lance Banwell ’70

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Visiting Committees

College of Professional Schools:
Business & Management

  • Ken Johnston ’82 - Chair
  • Andrew Bannon ’96 - Vice Chair
  • Sussan S. Coley ’83
  • Roger G. Samia ’61
  • David Noll ’88
  • Marty Hanifin
  • Robert Bleimeister
  • Anthony Agnitti ’84
  • Dr. Michael J. Cleary ’61
  • Liaison: Dr. Najiba Benabess

College of Professional Schools:
Architecture + Art

  • Harry Blackey ’68 - Chair
  • Virginia Houston
  • John K. Mulligan ’72
  • William McIntosh IV ’95
  • Neil J. Campbell ’82
  • Jason Iacobucci ’01
  • Joshua L. Reuter ’97
  • Shawn Brennan ’96
  • Liaison: Cara Armstrong

College of Professional Schools: Nursing

  • Lt. Col. Molly S. McGlaughlin, USAR ’89, Chair
  • Cynthia DeForest
  • William P. Magdycz

College of Professional Schools:
Engineering

  • Lt. Col. Richard Pratt ’90 - Chair
  • James D. Shinn - Vice Chair
  • John V. Farr
  • Anthony J. Piscitelli ’09
  • John C. Steverman ’71
  • Edward C. Shyloski, Jr. ’66
  • David Japikse
  • Paul Owen
  • Liaison: Prof. Gregory Wight

College of Liberal Arts

  • Jonathan Allen ’94 - Chair
  • Barbara Faye Foreman ’04 - Vice Chair
  • Marc J. DeFelice ’03
  • Patrick Money ’67
  • Duane Martin ’67
  • Bridget Gaffney ’98
  • Charles F. Nettleship IV ’85, M’03
  • Robert Appleton ’92
  • Clement Hourican ’84
  • Anthony Johnson ’94
  • Ned Quigley ’71
  • Capt. Mark S. Meservey, USCG ’85
  • Liaison: Dr. Andrea Talentino

College of Science & Mathematics

  • Lance E. Banwell ’70 - Chair
  • Kevin D. Crowley ’70 - Vice Chair
  • Jane Holt
  • David Briggs ’68
  • Christopher W. Allen
  • David E. Elkowitz ’89
  • Marc A. Nascarella ’99
  • David Young ’85
  • Edward "Ted" Daly ’94
  • Liaison: Dr. Michael McGinnis

College of Graduate & Continuing Studies

  • Maj. Shawn W. Bryan, USA (Ret.) ’70 - Chair
  • Gary A. Gabriele ’73 - Vice Chair
  • A. Graham Powers ’68
  • Mary A. Clisbee ’82
  • Steve Johnson ’94
  • Mark J. Larkin ’08
  • Col. Robert Cerjan, USA ’86
  • Maj. Gen. James Demeritt, USAF ’10
  • Susan Fertig-Dykes ’09
  • Alan M. Anderson
  • Liaison: Dr. William Clements

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Honorary Fellows

Each year, as members of the Board of Fellows complete their terms of office, consideration is given as to whether an individual’s contribution has been of such significance that they might be asked to remain in an emeritus status—something the board calls Honorary Fellows. These extraordinary people then remain at the call of the board chair to assist the fellows in a variety of roles and activities. Honorary Fellows are always welcome at the annual events of the board and remain a valued auxiliary of the Board of Fellows.

  • Calvin Hosmer III
  • Robert Johnson
  • George Kingston*
  • Reinhard Lotz
  • Angus Macaulay
  • Hugh March
  • William McIntosh III
  • R. John Mitchell
  • Earle Newton*
  • Margaret Novack
  • Dalton Oliver*
  • Adelle Park
  • Joanne Patton
  • Charles Perenick
  • Helen Philbrook*
  • Mary Prouty
  • Gordon Pyper
  • John Quinn
  • Barbara Roll
  • George Styer*
  • Elizabeth Veach
  • Conrad Whitney
  • George Wisell
  • James Abare
  • Charles Adams*
  • Frank Allen
  • Frederick Bashara
  • Andrew Boggs*
  • David Briggs
  • Robert Briggs*
  • Vivian Bryan
  • Edward Bryant
  • Neal Burgess
  • Anthony Caprio
  • Robert Christie
  • Ferdinand Collins*
  • Gary Confessore
  • Tobias Danforth
  • Carlo D’Este
  • Donald Edwards
  • Jack Finan
  • George Garrison*
  • John Greenway
  • Robert Harriman
  • Walter Henry

*Deceased


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Medallion Award

The Board of Fellow’s Medallion Award can be made annually to individuals who have given, over an extended period of time, much of their time, talent or other service to the benefit of Norwich University or the furthering of Norwich goals and ideals. The credibility of the award is closely allied with the service or achievements of the awardee to the benefit of Norwich. Eligibility is not intended for narrowly stated achievement(s), popularity or financial giving. A broad-based history of service at or for Norwich over an extended length of time is the prime criterion for consideration and selection.

Medallion recipients

1982

  • Deane Davis
  • James Galloway
  • George Garrison
  • Ritchie Garrison
  • Loring Hart
  • J. Walter Juckett

1983

  • Clement J. Confessore
  • Wendell Harding
  • Robert Hayden
  • Leslie Hurley
  • Hazel Leland
  • Phillip Marsilius
  • Dalton Oliver
  • John Patton
  • Nathan Quinn

1984

  • Gerald Chikalla
  • Maureen Lippincott
  • William Shepard
  • Ann Turner
  • George Turner
  • Thomas Volatile

1985

  • William F. Beatty
  • Howard A. Brosseau
  • Earle W. Kelly
  • Gunnar W.E. Nicholson
  • Joanne H. Patton
  • Hillard G. Seaver

1987

  • C. Arthur Goodrich

1988

  • Walter A. Henry
  • Edward B. Quigley
  • Hollis H. Ricker, Jr.

1989

  • Richard Cutts
  • Alan H. Weiss
  • Clinton E. Whitney

1990

  • Charles J. Adams
  • Charles E. Chevalier
  • Michael W. Frangos
  • Frank R. Philbrook

1991

  • Frieda H. Kloeckner
  • John Van Domelen

1992

  • Charles Crain
  • Donald Edwards
  • Gordon Pyper
  • Joseph Sabol

1993

  • Alfred Kloeckner
  • Clinton Renfrew
  • John Swift

1994

  • James (Jack) Abare
  • Jacob Shapiro

1995

  • Robert Johnson
  • Andrew Melville

1996

  • Carol Todd
  • W. Russell Todd

1997

  • Rolin Reiter
  • George Tozer
  • Henry Muse

1998

  • Anthony J. Carbone

1999

  • Elizabeth Branch
  • Jill MacDonald

2000

  • Robert W. Christie, Jr.
  • Evelyn Stenstream

2001

  • Vivian Bryan Taylor
  • Fred Larson
  • Harry Buckley
  • Ted Smith

2002

  • Lola Aiken
  • Hugh March
  • Martha Rainville

2003

  • William McIntosh
  • Edward Tracy

2004

  • Rock C. Wheeler, Jr.

2005

  • Milton A. Hammond
  • Reinhard M. Lotz
  • George L. Shelley III

2006

  • John B. Stevens
  • William S. Cutter
  • Margaret Novack
  • Charles H. Perenick

2007

  • Edward Richards

2008

  • Carlo D'Este
  • James Bennett
  • Paul Gills

2009

  • Dom Ruggerio
  • David Barrington

2010

  • Gary Confessore
  • Timothy H. Donovan
  • Jason Segal

2011

  • Ellen Hall

2012

  • Wilbur Shugg

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Evolution of the Board of Fellows

Origins

Following an organizational meeting on July 18, 1975, the Board of Fellows gathered on Oct. 11, 1975 for a meeting of the first members and publication of the “Activities, Purposes and Projects” of the organization. The fellows worked as a small nucleus of specialists whose personal expertise could contribute to the development of Norwich. They served to strengthen the growth of the University; to publicize programs, goals and achievements of Norwich; to influence other individuals, foundations and corporations on behalf of Norwich; to recruit friends and supporters for the University; to recognize alumni and friends especially helpful to the growth of the University; and to serve as a source for prospective members of the Board of Trustees.

From their earliest beginnings until very recently, the Fellows served the trustees and the administration by forming ad hoc committees to develop solutions to problems and establish projects for broader recognition of Norwich. These projects included a wide range of efforts: increasing circulation of the sports bulletin, seeking beautification efforts by the town of Northfield to complement such efforts on campus, establishing summer institutes to more fully use facilities and expose Norwich to a broader public determining the best use for the Ski Hill, and advocating for the cemetery.

The ’80s and ’90s

From the Spartan beginnings of the 1970s, the board grew to a membership exceeding 100 during the 1980s. The by-laws defined the purpose of the Fellows as: “…to foster and advance the welfare of the University by such good-works, wisdom, and financial support as they may be able to offer, in support of the Trustees and University Administration.” Missions and objectives changed, commensurate with the growth in membership.

During this period, the Board collected annual dues to provide for a wide range of projects that could be solved directly with the infusion of funds. In 1982 the Board instituted the Board of Fellows Medallion Award, to recognize long or outstanding service and significant contributions to the stature, reputation and vitality of Norwich University. Originally ceramic, the Medallion is now a gold metal medal and is worn by the honorees on a maroon and gold neck ribbon.

In 1992, at the suggestion of Dr. Gary Confessore, the fellows established an endowment to award annual Faculty Development Prizes. The first awards were made in 1994, and by 1996 the fund was fully endowed at $50,000. The $2,500 prize is given to assist faculty in attending professional conferences and in continuing their own personal and professional development. In addition, The Dalton S. Oliver Humanities Forum Lecture Series on the Vermont College Campus was instituted, at the initiative of Dr. Oliver (MG, USAF-Ret.), a fellow and former trustee of the University.

A variety of other projects were funded by the Fellows during this period, including the Medal of Honor Gallery and the Galloway Reception Room in Jackman Hall; the Vietnam memorial plaque in White Chapel; improvements to the Adams Memorial Tower and the Carillon; antique style lighting for the upper parade; University signs at exit 5 on I-89; and contributions for library books, student projects and the new (1984) pistol team.

In the late 1990s the membership on the board was reduced, first to a maximum of 75 members with limitation on terms of service; and then to 50. Term limits of three years provide an opportunity for more volunteers and result in a recurring rejuvenation of ideas and relationships among Fellows and faculty.

Renewed Academic Focus

With the passage of time, duplication began to appear within the functions of the various Norwich volunteer organizations. The need for volunteer activity in certain functional areas was lessened as the University grew and developed administrative staffs. A study was conducted by Trustee McCracken with the result that the various missions for the volunteer organizations are now better focused.

The mission of the Board of Fellows is now concentrated on the academic programs for the University. Working with the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), the board has completely reoriented its focus. Each fellow is now assigned to a Visiting Committee that is aligned with one of the schools. These Visiting Committees meet a minimum of twice a year with the school dean to determine how best to assist the school. An Executive Committee, consisting of the chairmen from each Visiting Committee, provides the board’s leadership and ensures the continuity of the body.

The Twenty-first Century

Norwich graduates have a long and significant history of service: to University, community and nation. The Citizen Soldiery of Alden Partridge’s vision not only encourages but expects no less. The fellows would encourage all alumni to examine the University’s volunteer organizations, focus on one that fits their interests and talents, and petition for membership, for the continued strength and academic excellence of Norwich through the 21st century.

A special thanks to fellows David Briggs and Anthony Caprio and to Norwich staff member Debbie Mazuroski for their time and contribution to the material in this article; and to former Chairman MG Charles Perenick (USA Ret.) who trusted COL Akam to undertake this effort.

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