The Role of the Class President
Class Presidents have a key role in furthering, within their respective classes, the purpose of the Alumni Association: “to support the continuing excellence of Oberlin College, including the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music, and to foster communication between the college and its alumni and among alumni.” (Alumni Association Bylaws, Article I.)

Each Class President is responsible for executing the tasks in an effective and timely manner. Please see below for more specific information.

Administration of Class Officer Procedures

The Executive Director shall administer the procedures for selecting class officers and shall monitor their performance.


Nomination and Selection of Class Officers

Prior to graduation, the members of each senior class of the college shall select from among the members of the class a Class President and at least one other officer and may select any additional officers that they deem appropriate. The officers shall serve until the class’s fifth-year reunion. During that reunion year and each reunion year thereafter, the members of the class shall select officers to serve until the next reunion year.

Each member of the class may nominate one or more class members for each officer position to be filled. The Class President may appoint a nominations committee to present a slate of additional nominees. Nominees for officer positions will be distributed to all class members whose contact information is known at that time.


Class Officer Vacancy

If any Class President ceases to serve, the Vice President of that class, if any, succeeds to the presidency for the remainder of the former Class President’s term. If no Vice President is available to succeed to the presidency, the Executive Director, in consultation with the President of the Association, shall appoint a President to serve for the remainder of the term.


Duties of Class Officers

The Class Officers have a key role in furthering, within their respective classes, the goals of the Association. The Class President shall serve as the executive officer of the class for all matters, shall call and preside at any meeting of the class, and may establish and appoint the members of any class committee as deemed appropriate. Except as delegated to any other officer by the class, the Class President also is responsible for coordinating reunion plans with the Class Vice President and a reunion committee; communicating with the members of the class at least annually about activities at the college, alumni volunteer opportunities, and matters concerning the class; and providing class notes, web updates, award nominations, and contact updates for members of the class.

For cluster reunions, the Class Officers are expected to productively work together with the other Class Officers in their cluster to create a fun, stimulating, and meaningful reunion that appeals to the vast majority of potential participants. In the event that the Class Officers do not fulfill the responsibility of reunion planning in a timely manner, the Executive Director, in consultation with the President of the Association, may appoint alternative leadership for reunion planning.

The Class President is encouraged to support the fundraising efforts of the Class Agents and other class fundraising volunteers, especially during a reunion gift campaign. As part of the agreement to serve as a key volunteer, all Class Presidents shall be required to make a financial contribution to the college annually.

Class Officers are expected to demonstrate an interest in alumni activities occurring in their locale.


Class Officer Representation on the Council

Class Officers shall select one Class President to serve as a representative of all Class Officers for a three-year term on the Council. This will be accomplished by soliciting interest among Class Presidents and taking nominations from Officers. The vote will occur through online voting by Class Officers, who will be sent a ballot of nominees and the nominees’ statements of interest.

The Office of Alumni Relations will tally the results and report them to the Council, which will affirm the Class Officer representative. In most cases this will be the nominee with the most votes; however, the Council retains the right to also consider factors that will maintain diversity of representatives on the Council.


Half-Century Club

The members of each class that is celebrating or has celebrated its 50th reunion are members of the Half-Century Club, which holds a reunion annually.

Class Officer List

1940s
1940s Officers
1948 President: Martha “Marty” Lipson Lepow
1950s
1950s Officers
1951 President: Don Schalch
Vice President: J. Barton Harrison
1952 President: Anthony Armer
1953 President: Patricia Becker
1954 President: George Andrews
Vice President: Thelma Morris
Vice President: Marjorie Murray
1955 President: Ann Stevens
Vice President: Nancy McClusky
1956 President: Nancy Worsham
Vice President: Mary Picken
1957 President: Lawrence Mirel
President: Mary Linne Otter
1958 President: Maxine Wenzler Houck
Vice President: Carl Gerber
1959 President: Richard Hall
Vice President: Polly Dyck Carroll
1960s
1960s Officers
1960 President: John Donaldson
Vice President: Carolyn Smith
1961 President: W. Bruce Richards
Vice President: Allen Huszti
1962 President: Sidney Whitaker
1963 President: Andrew Zvara
1965 President: Michael Faden
1966 President: Charles Heck
Vice President: Wendy Sommer
1967 President: Lee Drickamer
1968 President: Paul Safyan
1969 President: Gael Treesiwin
Vice President: Matthew Rinaldi
1970s
1970s Officers
1970 President: Mark Christensen
1972 President: Bruce Breslauer
1973 President: Charles Spitulnik
1974 President: Christina Graf
Vice President: Sandy Mattingly
1976 President: Nancy Olah
1977 President: Courtney Bryon-Caron
1978 President: Mike Markovits
1979 President: Béla Schwartz
1980s
1980s Officers
1982 President: Brandon Burnette
1983 President: Rebekah Bloyd
1984 President: Barbara Distler
Vice President: Yolanda Figueroa
Vice President: Dennis Rosenbaum
1985 President: Young Kim
President: Victoria Taub
Vice President: Mirla Agnir
1986 President: Poppea Dorsam
President: Anne Gross
1987 President: John Charles
1988 President: Mary Majewski
1989 President: Anne Wilson
1990s
1990s Officers
1990 President: Katherine Kornblau
1991 President: Delfon McSpadden
1992 President: Tim Russell
1993 President: Victoria Wolfe
Vice President: Evan Dawley
1994 President: Janet McKelvey
1995 President: Verlinda Powell
1996 President: Katherine Readey
1997 President: Michelle Tichy
1998 President: Melody Waller
President: Ryan Canty
2000s
2000s Officers
2002 President: Claire Sturm
Vice President: Aaron Mucciolo
Vice President: Jessica Marish-Jarl
Vice President: Suzanna Sitomer
Vice President: Bryan Engelhardt
2003 President: Lily Matini
2004 President: Marion Parker
Vice President: Aubrey O'Conner
2005 President: Megan Whitman
2006 President: Alex Muchnick
2007 President: Julia Doctoroff
Vice President: Mathilda McGee-Tubb
2008 President: Christa Wagner
2009 President: Michael Emerson Dirda
2010s
2010s Officers
2010 President: Benjamin Sandberg
2011 President: Patrick Bourke
2012 President: Petra Seitz
Vice President: Matthew Harris
2013 President: Charlotte Sawyer
Vice President: Eloise Reid
2014 Vice President: John Bergen
2017 President: Aliyah Abu-Hazeem
Vice President: Griffin Jennings
Vice President: Brendan Eprile
2018 President: Joshua Koller
2020s
2020s Officers
2020 President: Brian Smith
Vice President: Eder Aguilar