Board of Fellows Update – Winter 2018

The Board of Fellows of Norwich University comprises alumni and friends who have an abiding interest in the enrichment of the university’s academic programs. Board members sit on a variety of academic visiting committees, which meet twice yearly and provide support to the various colleges and schools within the university. In 1982 they 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. In addition, each year at Homecoming, the Board of Fellows awards one or two faculty members the Faculty Development Prize. The following is an excerpt from Jonathan Allen ’94’s report on the fall 2017 board meeting.

Thank you all who traveled to Vermont in October for the Norwich Board of Fellows fall meeting—and thanks to those who joined virtually during the committee meetings. It was a great week speaking with the students, faculty, and staff as well as seeing the changes on campus, hearing the committees’ plans for the coming year, and meeting our new provost and dean of the faculty, Sandra Affenito. She is a wonderful addition to the Norwich family and proving to be a great partner of the Fellows.

We transitioned the board’s senior leadership and nearly all the committees have new chairs and/or vice-chairs. We welcomed 17 new members and thanked 20 departing members, hosted the seventh First Read with the incoming freshmen, and kicked off the Board of Fellows Cyber Task Force. We had the chance to recognize three lifelong Norwich supporters with this year’s Board of Fellows Medallion Award: Jon Fogg ’68, Kevin Crowley ’70, and retired Professor Don Wallace.

Also, Professor Tara Kulkarni was selected for this year’s Board of Fellows Faculty Development Prize for her project, Resilience Metrics for Green Storm Water Infrastructure. A few actions and updates coming out of the week:

2018 Fall Meeting: September 12–14, 2018.
First Read: For the past seven years, the Fellows have supported the Norwich First Read program connecting Fellows with new freshmen, both Corps and civilian. The program serves to reinforce Norwich’s guiding values through discourse about a book that we send to the freshman the summer before they arrive. Over the next few months, we will reexamine this program with the faculty and staff to ensure that we continue connecting with new students during their first few weeks on campus.

Norwich Mentoring: Mentoring is a cornerstone of the Board of Fellows mission. We will continue to support our individual mentoring programs within the colleges as the new Class2Class program comes up to speed. Information about Class2Class may be found at Please set up your profile in the system.

Cyber Task Force: David Toomey ’85 and Kim Baumann ’87 hosted the first Cyber Task Force on Friday morning with representatives from the undergraduate and graduate programs, NUARI, Norwich Development and Strategic Programs, the provost’s office, Chief Information Security Officer George Silowash, and industry representatives.

New Membership: Ken Johnston ’82, as our vice-chair, will be working with the committees’ vice-chairs to understand each committee’s needs and work with Development to help identify and vet potential candidates.

Ken and I are extremely honored to be leading the Board for the next two years, especially as we roll into our bicentennial celebration. We are continually impressed with your professionalism and commitment, and it makes us extremely proud to be graduates of Norwich University.

Jonathan Allen ’94
President, Board of Fellows

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