Purpose: Ambassador. Asker. Advocate. Members of Cate’s Alumni Leadership Council (ALC) exemplify these characteristics while acting as governing body of Cate’s Alumni Association (currently 3,600+ alumni worldwide). The overall purpose of the Alumni Leadership Council is four-fold:
The Alumni Leadership Council (ALC) shall make recommendations to the Alumni Association, or to the Board of Trustees, through the Alumni Leadership Council President; and the Alumni Leadership Council may recommend the formation of additional committees as it deems necessary.
ALUMNI LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (meets quarterly)
*The immediate Past President sits on the Alumni Leadership Council for the first year of the new President’s term in an advisory role.
*The Alumni Leadership Council was established in 1947. The first President of the ALC was John Hooker, Class of 1921. For a full list of past Presidents, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Term (Alumni Leadership Council President & Vice Presidents)
Year 1: 2022-2023 (term begins July 1, 2022)
Year 2: 2023-2024 (term ends June 30, 2024)
*ALC Chairs serve for one (1) full year.
Board of Trustee Meetings 2022-2023
The Alumni Leadership Council President serves on the Board of Trustees. They attend the following Board of Trustee meetings at Cate. The Alumni Leadership Council President provides an update to Trustees on recent and upcoming alumni events and activities.
2022-23 Meeting Dates
Alumni Leadership Council Meetings 2022-2023
The Alumni Leadership Council meets quarterly during the school year. In addition, the Alumni Leadership Council hosts an in-person meeting, open to all alumni, on the Saturday of Camp Cate (Saturday, June 2, 2023, 10:00 a.m., Johnson Library).
2022-23 Meeting Dates
In 1972, Cate’s Alumni Leadership Council honored its first Distinguished Alumnus/a. Incidentally, he happened to be Cate’s very first graduate, Dohrmann K. Pischel Class of 1914. Since then, the Alumni Leadership Council has honored 37 alumni for distinguished service to the School, a distinguished career in business, or exemplary public service. Recipients of the award include a senator, a noted scientist, several long-time trustees, entrepreneurs, a computer scientist, artists, a national media correspondent, and philanthropists.
Though the award has not been given every year, the Alumni Leadership Council recently voted to make it an annual award. The first few awards were displayed in the McBean Library, but soon they became too numerous to fit into one location. The two most recent recipients are now displayed at the entrance to the Johnson Library, with the previous citations contained in a leather-bound book found inside the Johnson Library. In these more prominent locations, it is hoped that current Cate students will develop a better appreciation of the School’s past and, more importantly, an appreciation of how a Cate education can be put to good use.
Nominations for the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award can be submitted until December 31, 2022. Please email all nominations to Alumni Manager, Emily Sosrodjojo ’13.
Below is a list of the Distinguished Alumni recipients.
|2022||Margaret McLaughlin Pellman ’87|
|2021||Athena Jones ’94|
|2020||Eric C. Taylor ’80|
|2018||Hal Burroughs ’68|
|2016||Christian Strachwitz ’51|
|2015||Tim Bliss ’70|
|2014||Terry Sanders ’49|
|2013||Walter Douglas ’73|
|2012||Brad Roberts ’72|
|2010||Greg Kubicek ’74|
|2009||Mona Khalil ’84|
|2008||Burton Smith ’58|
|2007||William E. Steinberg ’68|
|2005||Richard D. Baum ’64|
|2004||Sir John Bond ’60|
|2003||David Pun Chan ’68|
|2002||Eugene Thayer Bigelow, Jr. ’59|
|2001||Dayton O. Hyde ’43|
|2000||Conrad L. Hall ’45|
|1999||John D. Caldwell ’59|
|1998||Peter Frederick King ’80|
|1997||Donald Hastings Harcourt ’50|
|1995||George Barker Barrett III ’45|
|1992||James Sloss Ackerman ’37|
|1991||William Matson Roth ’35|
|1990||John Morse Luce ’59|
|1989||William New, Jr. ’59|
|1988||Paul Moore Denison ’52|
|1987||William Stevens Prince ’42|
|1986||Michael Alan Morphy ’50|
|1984||Francis S. M. Hodsoll ’55|
|1983||Nelson Dorrington Jones ’48|
|1981||G. Ledyard Stebbins Class of 1924|
|1981||John Rodman Hooker Class of 1921|
|1980||Malcolm Wallop ’50|
|1980||Peter McBean ’30|
|1972||Dohrmann K. Pischel Class of 1914|
Servons. The motto of the Cate School community, this notion of service is woven into every aspect of life on and off the Mesa. From its founding, Cate has been led by a volunteer Board of Trustees and served in numerous ways by alumni, parents, and friends of the School. Those who volunteer to better the education and experience of our students, faculty and staff do so out of a shared love for the School.
Invite others to join you in supporting the School by making friendly phone calls and sending encouraging emails/messages. Help your class reach new heights in participation. Become a Cate Fund or Mesa Association volunteer and raise vital funds for Cate’s annual operating budget.
Volunteer as a reunion chair and serve as a peer-to-peer connection to Cate School. Invite your classmates to join you in returning to the Mesa for an upcoming reunion as well as encourage them to support the Cate Fund in honor of your class celebration.
The Advancement Office is always grateful for opportunities to gather Cate friends together – in the comfort of a home, restaurant or other venue – in locations in and outside of the U.S.
To become a Cate Fund/Mesa Association volunteer, Reunion Chair volunteer, or host a Regional Reception please contact Andrew MacDonnell (805) 684-4127 x 281